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What’s It Like Playing for Dru Joyce III? Duquesne Player Answers

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Duquesne head coach Dru Joyce III took over the job after Keith Dambrot's retirement earlier this year. How has the transition gone?

Duquesne head coach Dru Joyce III took over the job after Keith Dambrot’s retirement earlier this year. How has the transition gone?

“It’s been great,” Duquesne guard Kareem Rozier told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I think he’s doing a great job. It’s a great sense of new-ness because he’s young, he’s still got that fire lit under him. Coach Dru is great. He came up under Coach D, so a lot of his teachings are the same, of which I am helping the new guys with.”

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Rozier appeared in 37 games last season, playing nearly 25 minutes per game in a big role. Last year, Keith Dambrot claimed that Rozier is “absolutely the best leader that I have ever had,” after a win over College of Charleston.

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Rozier is clearly taking on a leadership role once again, this time for Joyce’s squad.

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“Coach Dru, he’s been bringing it every day,” Rozier continued. “He’s a fun coach, he likes to have the music on while we’re warming up. He’s about the new-ness. The new style. I’m just so happy to be able to play for him and have this opportunity because not so many kids have the opportunity to have a new coach, with such great experience. It’s exciting, it’s really exciting to have a young coach.”

Joyce averaged at least seven points per game 11 different times in his professional career in Europe. He scored more than 10 points per game in his final season of pro ball as recently as 2019. So with Joyce now running his own college basketball team, the question remains — could he beat anyone on Duquesne’s roster in 1-on-1?

“No,” Rozier said, laughing. “He still talks like he can, but I don’t think he can. I know my freshman year two years ago he was still getting up and down with us, but he didn’t let it go. I don’t think so.”

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