Dan Burt and Duquesne have received a commitment from a player that could be a key member of the Dukes’ future front court.
Over the weekend, Ohio forward Lindsey Linard selected the Dukes as her next basketball home. She’s a 6-foot-3 forward from Cleveland, Ohio and selected Duquesne over Miami (Ohio), Kent State and Youngstown State, among others.
Back in November, Burt was the first coach to offer Linard and this weekend. she let him know that she’ll be joining his Class of 2020.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to Linard and asked her why was the time right to make her college choice?
“Honestly, I just had a feeling,” said Linard. “I can’t really explain it, but it’s just that feeling you get when you know things are right and I decided Duquesne was the place I wanted to go.
“After talking with and going through things with my parents, I texted Coach Burt and asked if he had a few minutes to talk. I then called him at 10 p.m. and was talking to him and told him I had a few questions. I asked him about, part of my scholarship is that I’ll be redshirting my freshman season and asked if that was still the plan. We talked about that and after he confirmed that I asked him if he still had room for me because I wanted to commit and would love to go there.
“I think he was caught off-guard and don’t think he expected me to do it right then and there but he was really excited and happy.”
With regards to her decision to already decided to redshirt, was it a physical reason or just the plan for developing herself? Turns out, a bit of both.
“It’s just to get stronger, to be able to practice more and it’s something that I’m excited about because I know it’ll beneficial to me in the long run.”
Burt and his assistants have developed a great team culture and that’s something that really impressed Linard while visiting the program. That and a few other reasons were key factors in selecting Duquesne.
“I really like the fact that the campus is in downtown Pittsburgh, that’s really cool,” said Linard. “I really like the coaching staff. Another thing that really drew my was just their whole team culture and makeup and the fact that they recruit a lot of players outside of the United States. Last season, my high school team had a Swedish exchange student that I played with and she ended up becoming one of my best friends. I think there whole international thing is really cool and will be a nice experience to have.”
That’s Lindsey Linard the person, what about the player that Duquesne’s getting?
“I’m a 6-foot-3, left-handed post-player and like playing with my back to the basket and down in the blocks. I also like to pick and pop and shoot some mid-range jumpers. I’m a shot-blocker and really take pride in my defense,” said Linard. “In the next couple of years, I’d like to try and expand my game to be able to get out and shoot from beyond the three-point line and shoot that consistently.”
Linard is excited to be able to make this decision and to fulfill a life-long dream of becoming a Division I college basketball player.
“It’s an awesome feeling because it has been one of my goals since I started playing basketball in the third grade,” she said. “It’s really nice to know that some of your hard work pays off. But this is just the beginning of my journey and I have five more years to play basketball after high school and I’m just excited to continue growing as a player and see what I can become at Duquesne.”