The rebuilding of the Duquesne roster with talented and character players continued on Tuesday with the addition of transfer forward Kevin Easley.
Easley was a ESPN 4-star forward coming out of Indianapolis, Indiana before playing at UT-Chattanooga during his freshman season and most recently for Jamie Dixon and TCU. As a freshman, Easley averaged 14.2 points per game as well as 6.7 rebounds per game, earning Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors. There, he set freshman records for total points, total rebounds, and three-pointers, while also finishing second on the team in three-pointers made. He shot 44.4% from the field and 39.7 from three-point land.
After sitting out his sophomore year due to transfer rules, he made his Big 12 debut for TCU this season. Throughout the year, he played in 26 games, starting 13. Easley averaged 4.5 points and 3.7 rebounds on the year, and had three games with more than ten points.
The 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward arrives at Duquesne with three seasons of athletic eligibility remaining and tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he’s excited by the opportunity to fully develop his game under Keith Dambrot and become a leader on this young Duquesne team that has goals of playing deep into March.
“I’ve been talking to Coach McFadden and Coach Dambrot for a couple of weeks now,” said Easley. “They were telling me how they usually run their offense through their 4’s and 5’s which is great and I thought that was the best fit for me and for what I was looking for. I also know that Coach Dambrot is a winner and is a good coach. He’s fiery but that’s ok. He’s a good coach, which I’ve heard from multiple sources that I talked to. Plus, Duquesne is four hours from home and with my other two schools, I was 14 hours and 7 hours away.”
“I was looking for a program with good coaches and when you look at what they’ve done the last couple of seasons, they’ve won and turned things around in a very positive way. I feel that this Duquesne program has a chip on their shoulders and believe that fits me perfectly. Coach Dambrot wants me to be a pick and pop four, a post-up four and someone that’s not afraid to rebound. Basically, a do it all type of guy. Coach wants me to be an energy guy but also a leader since I’m older and have been through it already for two or three years.
Easley says that historically his points come from all over the court with his ability to extend the defense with is 3-point shooting, along with a solid mid-range game and also ability to drive to the basket, which he was asked to do last season at TCU. Easley considers himself a three level scorer and is anxious to showcase his all-around game this season at Duquesne.
“In the end, I wanted to go to a place where I could be a leader and teach the younger guys. I believe the A-10 is a great fit for me and it’s a great opportunity for me and also for my family to come to the games. The plan for me is to lead and to win games at Duquesne starting next season.”