Duquesne is looking to add size, talent and character to their roster and had someone on campus this weekend that would give them all three.
Utah Valley grad transfer center Baylee Steele (6-foot-11, 245 pounds) made an official visit to Duquesne. Last season, Steele averaged 8.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and shot 59% from the field.
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Steele is a native of Norwalk, Iowa and after originally playing at Des Moines Community College, he transferred to Eastern Michigan before going to Utah Valley State.
— Baylee Steele (@Im_Baylee) January 9, 2019
Keith Dambrot has been aware of Steele since playing at Eastern Michigan and tried to get him to Duquesne last year.
Pittsburgh Sports Now had a chance to talk with Steele following his weekend at Duquesne and asked him about that and what has him interested in Duquesne’s program.
“They are in a very competitive league with an amazing coaching staff and a great situation for me,” said Steele. “I had a great visit. The campus is very nice and the convenience of how close everything is to each other is a huge plus. The city really stood out to me, the people that I met and saw while I was out here were amazing.”
“I take pride in my hard work and that is the vibe I was getting from the city on my short visit,” he said. “The city seems to be filled with hard working people who are proud to live here.”
Duquesne wants to add size to their roster for next season and playing time is something they have to offer.
“I won’t go too deep into their recruiting pitch but basically, the situation they have here is so unique and fits what I want in a program for my final year of college,” Steele said. “Coach Dambrot has coached many successful big men and is great with developing them. He knows how to make a good player, great. He values big men very highly.”
At this point, Steele doesn’t have any future visits planned but is getting contacted by high majors that are interested.