Duquesne officially added its first member of their Class of 2021 as forward Andy Barba (Cleveland, Ohio) signed with Letter of Intent to join the Dukes.
Barba is a 6’6″ guard/forward that specializes in long distance shooting as he shot 43% from 3-point range last season. Last season at Cleveland Bendictine High School and averaged 14 points per game against a national schedule. This season, Barba will play as a postgraduate player at International Sports Academy at Andrews Osborne in Willoughby, Ohio.
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“Andy is a good fit for Duquesne,” said head coach Keith Dambrot. “He’s a model student and citizen who has worked very hard to become a complete player. He’s multi-dimensional on the offensive end with high-level shooting ability. He’s a true ‘positionless’ player who can help us in many different areas. He’s also the definition of a gym rat with a great work ethic. We look forward to having him on campus.”
Following his verbal commitment to Duquesne at the end of October, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Barba about what went into his decision to join Dambrot’s program.
”First off, I really believe in Coach Dambrot and one of the most important things to me is winning and since he’s been there, he’s really turned the program around,” said Barba. “They keep trending upward since he’s been there and with the recruiting class above me and the things that he’s already instilled, I believe the winning will continue in the future.
”Secondly, I really trust their staff and I’ve known Coach Dambrot for 4-5 years now. I’ve really got to know him well recently and I trust him to meet my goals of playing professional basketball at the highest level. I’m also comfortable there because I know some of their players like Mikey Bekelja and Sincere. I’ve known them since I was in 4th or 5th grade. Mikey and I have become really close over the last year.
“Lastly, I really like the academic side of Duquesne. I’m really interested in business and I think I could have success off the court in their business school.”