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Duquesne Lands Commits From 2023 Canadian PG Kailon Nicholls



Duquesne hosted 2023 Canadian point guard Kailon Nicholls for a visit earlier this week, and it’s safe to say the visit made him want to come back — for a couple of years.

Nicholls, a 6-footer who plays at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, committed to Duquesne Wednesday via Twitter over offers from Elon, Holy Cross, Niagara and UW Milwaukee.

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Nicholls got to Pittsburgh on Monday to check out the campus and head coach Keith Dambrot’s program, and Dambrot was able to secure the athletic Canadian.

A PSN scout lauded Nicholl’s athletic ability, especially his first step off the dribble, and it’s expected that he will be featured in the backcourt rotation as reserve guard behind Dae Dae Grant and Kareem Rozier next season. Although, Nicholls is purely a point guard at this stage in his career.

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The Phenom Report recently reviewed Nicholls’ game:

Nicholls is an explosive guard (41’ vertical) that played with a ton of confidence. He is able to score the ball in a variety of ways, really attacks the lane and can get to the rim and uses his long wingspan (6’7) to finish around defenders or at the basket, but he also showed that he has confidence with his shot-making ability. Nicholls’ ability to get to his spots, be a playmaker with the ball in his hands, and be a leader on the court.  It is why we believe that this is a guard that should only see his recruitment take off after his year at Hargrave. One to really watch for.”

In the new era of the transfer portal in college basketball, with older, veteran guards in high demand amongst teams at every level, Nicholls is a high school recruit that was overlooked by teams during his recruiting cycle. It’s worked out for Duquesne.

Dambrot has been able to successfully land and develop high school guards over the last few seasons, including Rozier, Sincere Carry and Primo Spears, so Nicholls’ development is one to watch — as early as next season.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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