On Wednesday, Duquesne was one of six programs to offer Cleveland native Keyshawn Hall, who has seen his recruitment catch steam after announcing he would be taking a prep year.
Hall is a 6-foot-7, 235-pound small forward who decided with his father that one more year to prepare for college ball would be best for him.
“Me and my father sat down and decided that I could still work on my game a little harder,” Hall told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “One more year under my belt before I go to college, to develop my full potential and just work all day every day and play some more teams before I just jump into college.”
In the last few days, Hall has picked up offers from Duquesne, Middle Tennessee State, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, East Carolina, Illinois State, and Bowling Green. He is a tough player with a very strong build and is hard to stop when he gets going downhill. However, he values the mental part of his game over everything else.
“A lot of people sleep on my passing, and I am a real high-IQ player,” he said. “I can get a lot of guys open just because I can drive fast and my passing is real good. My shooting is good. Everything’s got to be worked on, but my shooting is good. My mid-range is good enough, I’ve got a good handle, and I can dribble real good.”
For Duquesne, Assistant Coach Charles Thomas offered Hall after watching him compete in the UAA last weekend.
“He was saying that I can be a real matchup nightmare,” Hall said. “Not many people can guard me because I can play down low or up top. I fit in the system just right. Coach Dambrot liked me. He liked my game when they came and saw me play last Sunday.”
Hall also said that current Dukes Mike Bekelja and Andy Barba reached out to him after he received the offer.
“Andy is from my city,” he added. “I played with him at the Miami of Ohio camp. I know him. We have talked before. And I know Sincere Carry’s brother. He used to play for them. And Mike Bekelja reached out.”
While Hall has not set any visits yet, he is looking to take a look at Duquesne sometime before he commits to a school.
“I have been to Pittsburgh but not Duquesne,” Hall said. “I might go down and visit though. I haven’t set any visits, but probably after the UAA session. Not any official ones yet though.