With a couple of scholarships available, Keith Dambrot and Duquesne are looking for their first commitment for their Class of 2022.
Over the weekend, the Dukes extended an offer to a point guard that they hope will run their offense in the future.
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While making his official visit this past weekend, 2022 point guard Kareem Rozier received an offer from Duquesne. Rozier currently attends St. Mary’s Preparatory in Detroit, Michigan and his chief recruiter on the Dukes staff is assistant coach Charles Thomas. Aside from Duquesne, Rozier has also received offers from Toledo, Mississippi Valley State and Saginaw Valley State.
His 5’9″ stature might be scaring off some teams but not Duquesne as he’s been the leader of the top-ranked team in the state of Michigan for the past two seasons. Along with his on-court skills, Rozier has high character and all the intangibles that make him a winner.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Rozier on Tuesday about his official visit and to learn more about this Duquesne target.
“I really had a great time. I’ve been talking with Coach Charles Thomas since my freshman year and I finally met Coach Keith Dambrot recently at the Peach Jam Tournament, he came to see me,” said Rozier. “Since then, things have been really good. During my official visit, the whole program showed me so much love, which was great. I love the way that Coach Keith Dambrot coaches, which is similar to my AAU (Mean Streets) Coach. A hard-nosed coach and holds everyone on the team accountable. He just wants you to get better and that’s what I love.”
“When they offered, they explained to me how much they love my game and how he loves having smaller guards. He also said that he liked that I’m willing to be coached and my leaderships skills and that he really believes that I can play and would love to have me.”
The term leader is used a lot when talking about Rozier, he talked more about that and some of his on-court strengths.
“Every team that I’ve been on, I’ve tried to lead and believe that I’ve been able to lead them. I believe a strength of mine is bringing a team together, no matter what’s going on, and get us in a position to ultimately win. On the court, I believe that I’m a great defender and on offense, I make plays for the team and can hit my open shots. I love to talk on the court, I make sure that everyone is doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”
Being coached by Dambrot is something that is very attractive to Rozier and he made it very clear that he wouldn’t be scared off by Dambrot’s tough-love style of coaching because in the end, he believes it’ll make him a better player and person.
“I know that Coach is doing that out of love and really just wants what is best for his players,” said Rozier. “That’s the first thing that he told me, I’m not for everyone. To have him say that and then have him give me an offer tells me that he believes I can take it and do well. I know that I can take it because I’ve been brought up in a way where nothing is going to be given to you and you have to work for everything. The way I look at it is, it is what it is. He gets on you, ok, but I know that it’s all coming out of love.”
Rozier says no other visits to schools are planned and that he and his family are just taking his recruitment day by day.
“We’re just being patient and if we feel it’s time to commit somewhere, then I’ll commit.”