The Duquesne Dukes have been busy over the last few days speaking with a number of possible additions to the program, both 2021 recruits as well as grad transfers.
With the situations with Marcus Weathers, Mike Hughes and Tavian Dunn-Martin still resolved in terms of whether they’ll be returning next season, Keith Dambrot is looking to add to the roster regardless of what the final outcome is with that trio of players.
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Pittsburgh Sports Now has confirmed contact that the Dukes staff has made with a handful of players, including a Zoom call that was done Sunday evening.
The Duquesne Dukes have serious interest in former VMU point guard Greg Parham and the staff spoke extensively with him Sunday on a Zoom call. Parham is someone that’s also drawing considering interest including from Jeff Capel and Pitt, along with many other D-1 programs.
At 6-foot-4, 176 pounds, Parham has great size for a point guard. In each of his four seasons at Virginia Military Institute, he increased his scoring averages, and this year he did so in an emphatic fashion. After averaging 9.4 points and 2.8 assists per game in his junior season, he came out and averaged a whopping 18.4 points and four assists per game in his senior campaign. Parham also shot the ball at a 48% mark from the field and a 44% mark from 3-point range.
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The Dukes have a need for a veteran point guard to pair with freshman Tyson Acuff, following the transfer of junior guard Sincere Carry.
Duquesne also reached out on Monday to South Florida guard David Collins, who entered the transfer portal. Collins is a former standout at First Love Academy (Washington, Pa.) and a native of Youngstown, Ohio. The senior guard averaged 12.9 points per game for South Florida this season.
Collins finished his USF career seventh in scoring (1,540), games played (116) and fourth in steals (186). He led the team in scoring in each of the last three seasons.
The Dukes aren’t just trying to add transfers, as they’re also in contact with three players in the Class of 2021.
**Bryson Spell is a 6-foot-9 power forward from Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Spells currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, George Washington and Elon.
**Primo Spears is a 6-foot-2 point guard from Mt. Zion Prep Academy in Lanham, Maryland. Spears is described as smart, tough, and heady with open floor ability and an exceptional three-point shooter with the ability to create his own shot off the dribble.
**Sam Thompson is a 6-foot-10 center from Howell High School in St. Charles, Missouri. Thompson would potentially fill a need in the Dukes front court, if Weathers and Hughes don’t return.