As the summer approaches, Keith Dambrot is looking to finalize his roster in the coming months and head into next season with a new-look Duquesne team.
The latest addition to Dambrot’s recruiting board is 6-foot-8 forward Ty Groce, a redshirt senior who recently entered the transfer portal after playing four seasons at Eastern Michigan.
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Groce, a Ypsilanti, Michigan native, has improved immensely in his time at EMU since coming in as a redshirt freshman. After averaging 3.9, five, and 11.5 points per game in his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons, respectively, he led the team this season with 15.2 points per game. Groce, who has added 20 pounds to his strong frame since his freshman year, also improved his average from 2.6 rebounds a game his freshman year to 6.9 rebounds per game this season.
The 215-pound forward has turned himself into an elite scorer and dominant post player. He has excellent footwork inside and has confidence when facing up to the basket, having his back to the basket, and on the outside where he can handle the ball well for his size. Groce is explosive and very quick when getting to the rack, and is a consistent finisher.
After shooting 39% from the field in his freshman season for EMU, Groce worked on his touch and his shot and increased that percentage to 53% this season. A strong free-throw shooter, he made 72% of his shots from the line this season.
While the Dukes are still two scholarships over the limit at the moment, Dambrot is still pursuing Groce, as more roster moves can be expected in the near future.