It went under the radar last week, but Keith Dambrot was able to add an intriguing player to the Dukes Class of 2020 in 6-foot-11 center Mounir Hima from St. Benedict’s Prep School in New Jersey.
Hima suffered a knee injury which hampered his development and recruitment, but still received offers from programs such as Rhode Island, UMass, VCU, St. Bonaventure, Iona and Robert Morris. Minus the knee injury and COVID-19 shutting down recruiting, Hima would’ve been a high-major recruit, so Dambrot and the Dukes are adding an intriguing piece to their future.
“It was one of the toughest decisions that I’ve ever had to make in my life,” Hima told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “But the thing I liked most about Duquesne was the experience of the coaching staff and the way that they’ve cared about me, more than just as a basketball player. I could tell that they wanted the best for me along with trying to make me the best basketball player that I could possibly be. The entire time, they’ve been honest with me and I appreciate that, which was a big reason I decided to go there.
“Everything happens for a reason and I’m very happy and comfortable with Duquesne.”
Hima will have the luxury of learning from players such as Mike Hughes and Marcus Weathers next season and won’t be rushed into action before he’s ready. However, there is a facet to his game that Hima believes can help the Dukes this coming season.
“My defense with my blocking of shots and rebounding, but I know that I’m going to have to adapt to the college game,” said Hima. “I can run the court good but I want to work on and need to get better on my shooting. I’m going to keep working on that part and then I’m going to be difficult to guard.”
Hima becomes the sixth member of Duquesne’s Class of 2020 and if he’s coming on scholarship, Dambrot’s team currently has 16 players, which means that they’ll apparently have some departures unless not all will be joining on scholarship.