Tavian Dunn-Martin originally planned to take advantage of the extra year offered by the NCAA and return to play for Duquesne next season.
After a couple of months to think things over and after what Keith Dambrot has added to the roster, Dunn-Martin has changed his mind and instead will enter the NCAA transfer portal. The senior guard revealed this news on Twitter as he released this statement:
“Dear Duquesne, I thank my teammates for always supporting me and for making my experience so much better and the fans. This was one of the hardest decisions I’ve every made in my life but I think this is what is best for me and my family! I have entered the transfer portal!! Dukes 4L.”
This ends Dunn Martin’s long history with Dambrot, which started with him committing to Akron, while Dambrot was the head coach. He then transferred to Duquesne and was a reliable player coming off the bench by providing instant offense. The last two seasons, Dunn-Martin averaged 10.2 both seasons and shot an average of 33% from 3-point range.
With the mid-season departure of Sincere Carry, the Duquesne staff moved Dunn-Martin from shooting guard over to the point and he played well considering it was a position that he wasn’t accustomed to playing.
Since originally announcing to return, Duquesne added guards 2021 three-star guard Jackie Johnson, 2021 guard Primo Spears, 2021 guard Andy Barba and Mercer transfer guard Leon Ayers III. Plus, with Tyson Acuff, Mike Bekelja and Toby Okani returning, playing time would not likely be what Dunn-Martin was looking for.
Following the addition of TCU transfer Kevin Easley and this news, Duquesne is back to 13 scholarship players for the 2021-22, which is where they need to be to comply with NCAA rules. Even with this being the case, Pittsburgh Sports Now believes this won’t be the final roster move for Duquesne before the start of the season.