The Duquesne Dukes coaching staff are in 100% recruiting mode, in an attempt to fix the roster with more talent that will allow them to compete again in the Atlantic-10.
With the solid nucleus of freshman guards Primo Spears and Jackie Johnson, the top priority for Keith Dambrot is to load up on big men. Over the last couple of seasons, Duquesne lost talented players such as Baylee Steele, Marcus Weathers and Mike Hughes and that was evident this past season with the lack of production and depth in their front court.
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You can be sure that by the start of next college basketball season, Duquesne will have added multiple big men, via the transfer portal or the high school route.
Another area that Duquesne will look to improve is adding scoring options at the shooting guard or from the wing.
One player that the staff has already contacted to UW-Milwaukee guard Deandre Gholston, who has decided to enter the transfer portal.
The 6’5″ junior guard was Milwaukee’s leading scorer this past season with 14.3 points per game and in 2020-21, he averaged 16.8 points per game. Gholston is a career 35% shooter from 3-point range and averages 4.5 rebounds per game.
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Along with Duquesne, Gholston has received early contact from Arkansas, Richmond, Butler, Creighton, Fresno State and Rhode Island.
A couple things to keep in mind, Gholston’s assistant coach at Milwaukee was former Duke Baylee Steele’s JC coach, who also played for current Duquesne assistant coach Carl Thomas at Eastern Michigan.