Keith Dambrot and his staff made contact this week with the son of a former Duquesne great.
During the early 1980s, Rick Suder was a Duquesne standout that eventually was named to the school’s Hall of Fame in 1994. As a junior, Suder was second in the A-10 in scoring with 17.7 points/game and followed that up with leading the conference in scoring his senior season with 20.4 points/game. The native of Center Townships (Beaver County) finished his career in the Top 10 in Duquesne scoring with 1459 points.
Could another Suder suit up for the Dukes when they move into their new home, the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse?
Peter Suder (6-foot-4, 185 pounds) is a 2022 shooting guard from Carmel, Indiana and the son of the former Duquesne great. As a sophomore, he averaged 11.2 points, 6.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 47% from the field, including 38% from 3-point range.
Earlier this week, Suder received a call from the Duquesne staff as teams were permitted to make contact with sophomores.
“I was really excited to hear from them because my dad played ball there,” Suder told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It was really cool to hear from them and the guys that he’s connected to. They started off the conversation basically by saying that they like the way I play and then they got into the university, the campus and stuff like that. They then said they want to see me up on campus when they’re allowed to.”
Although he’s waiting for his first offer, Suder is hearing from many high level schools and it was cool to get a call from Duquesne but the family tried not to overreact but did have some advice for his son.
“His number one rule that he told me was when colleges start recruiting me was when that commitment day comes, when I eventually commit, it should be about how much the school wants you and not about how much you want to go there or your dream school,” Suder said. “If you go there and never see the floor much during those 4 years then why would you commit there?”
Suder was named to Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Underclass Large School All-State team and plans on working hard over the next two years to improve his game, which in turn will increase his recruiting profile.
“I think a lot of people see me as a shooter kind of like a driver but also someone that can catch and shoot,” said Suder. “Colleges are also telling me they like the way I play defense, I’m kind of a two way player, I can shoot and be a threat offensively but also guard the team’s best player. Over the next couple of seasons, I want to try and get better shooting off the dribble and coming off of screens. I believe I can also get better when I don’t have the ball to read the screens and work harder and find ways to get open when I don’t have the ball.”
“I’m seeing other kids get offers which motivates me because I want to start getting them as well. As these schools are contacting me, that tells me that I’m right there and I’m close. I just need to keep pushing and working harder to get those offers and become a D-I college basketball player.”
Although he was calm and cool when Duquesne first contacted him, the reaction would be a bit different if they became the first program to offer him.
“That would mean the world to me,” he said. “That would be so, so exciting. My family would go crazy. My dad would love it, I would love it.”