Duquesne basketball’s first game isn’t until November but Keith Dambrot earned his first win of the season.
Today the Duquesne program received a verbal commitment from a local star.
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Kennedy Catholic 2019 3-star guard Maceo Austin (6’-4”, 170) announced that he was committing to Dambrot’s program over Northwestern, Penn State and VCU.
Austin also was previously offered by Dayton, St. Joseph’s, Virginia, West Virginia and Xavier. While he was at Pitt, Kevin Stallings also offered Austin.
Landing someone like Austin is a big deal for Duquesne for a couple reasons.
First off, Dambrot wants to land as many talented players from Western Pennsylvania as possible. Austin becomes the first local player that Dambrot has received a commitment from.
Secondly, Duquesne was able to go up against two Big Ten schools and win. Chris Collins and Northwestern offered Austin in July after watching his AAU games and wanted him as a future guard. Penn State, with their local connections, were also recruiting him hard.
Finally, getting this commitment gets Duquesne into the doors of the Kennedy Catholic program, which is loaded with talented underclassman.
Duquesne is getting a playmaker. While he’s going to work to improve his shot, Austin will give Dambrot versatility, a defender and someone that gets his teammates involved offensively.
Austin becomes Duquesne’s first commitment for their Class of 2019.