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LeBron James Gifts Duquesne Men’s Basketball New Shoes



LeBron James, Duquesne basketball.

If you go on Twitter after a major Duquesne win, you’ll likely find LeBron James has tweeted about it. James, who needs no introduction, is a Dukes fan.

Keith Dambrot coached James during his time at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High back in the early 2000s, and associate head coach Dru Joyce was James’ teammate back then, so there are connections. And now there are new shoes, too.

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As the Dukes take the court to face off against BYU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, they’ll be able to wear their new LeBrons. James gifted the entire time brand-new LeBrons.

Dambrot coached James, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, at the beginning of his high school career at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s in Akron, Ohio. Dambrot and James won back-to-back state championships during James’ freshman and sophomore seasons. Dambrot would leave for the college ranks after, but the success did not stop.

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While at SVSM, James played alongside Joyce, and eventually Joyce’s father took over as head coach. And the pair earned another state title in the process.

The Dukes knocked off VCU, 57-51, to win the A-10 Tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1977. It was a magical run for the Dukes, making it March Madness for the first time in Dambrot’s tenure as head coach, but it means even more to the man who is retiring following the tournament.

It’s a full circle moment for Dambrot, whose father Sid led the Dukes to the NCAA Tournament as a player in 1952.

“My dad played here, and that’s probably why I took the job,” Dambrot said following the game. “I left my hometown of Akron to come here. I’m happy. I’m sure he’s in his grave spinning around right now.”

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