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National Analyst Has Duquesne Ninth in A10 Power Rankings

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Even after Duquesne’s magical run to the NCAA Tournament Round of 32, the Dukes are still not being respected in preseason predictions.

On Monday, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein released his Atlantic 10 predictions, including Duquesne as the No. 9 team in his conference power rankings.

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He predicted the Dukes’ to go with Kareem Rozier, Jake DiMichele, Maximus Edwards, Jakub Necas, and David Dixon as their starting five. Rothstein did not have a single Duquesne incoming transfer in his “Top 10 Impact Transfers” list for the conference, nor did he include any Dukes in his “Under-the-radar transfers” group.

Dixon was listed in Rothstein’s “10 Atlantic 10 Breakout Players” list.

He has the Atlantic 10 Power Rankings listed as they are below.

1 VCU

2 LOYOLA CHICAGO

3 ST. JOE’S

4 SAINT LOUIS

5 DAYTON

6 UMass

7 GEORGE MASON

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8 RHODE ISLAND

9 DUQUESNE

10 ST. BONAVENTURE

11 RICHMOND

12 GEORGE WASHINGTON

13 DAVIDSON

14 LA SALLE

15 FORDHAM

Find Rothstein’s story here.

The Dukes return Rozier. DiMichele, and Dixon from last year’s core. First-year head coach Dru Joyce III brought in a solid transfer class, including Edwards (George Washington transfer), Alex Williams (Furman transfer), Tre Dinkins (Canisius transfer), Cam Crawford (Marshall transfer), and Jahsean Corbett (Chicago State transfer). In addition, JUCO transfer Brandon Hall joined the Dukes.

Rothstein listed Duquesne’s key losses as Dae Dae Grant, Jimmy Clark III, Tre Williams, Hassan Drame, Fousseyni Drame, and Dusan Mahorcic. The only incoming transfer to be left off of Rothstein’s “key newcomers” list was Corbett, who averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game last year. The Chicago State transfer posted a 21-point, 11-rebound performance against Duquesne last year.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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