Duquesne coach Jim Ferry received some positive news on the recruiting front -- a small salve for an otherwise difficult season -- receiving a verbal commitment from Canadian standout Jordan Robinson today.
Robinson, a 6-foot-8 center who plays for Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C. -- but lives in Toronto -- is ranked as a three-star recruit by both Rivals and ESPN recruiting services. He is the No. 4 ranked Canadian recruit in the class of 2013 and he is listed as the 20th best center prospect overall in the class of 2013.
He chose the Dukes over offers from Charlotte and Hofstra but he also had interest from Minnesota and Xavier.
Robinson is the second Canadian recruit the Dukes will bring into the fold for next season as they already have a signed letter of intent from Isaiah Watkins, who is also from Toronto but plays at St. Benedict's Prep in New Jersey.
Watkins, who is the No. 6 rated Canadian prospect, like Robinson, is 6-foot-8 but he is considered more of a power forward and the Dukes also have UAB transfer Ovie Soko (6-foot-8, 220) ready to become eligible for next season.
The trio will address a position of extreme need as the Dukes frontcourt is thin to begin with and the best of the post players, senior Andre Marhold, will graduate.
Paul Zeise: email@example.com or Twitter: @paulzeise First Published March 1, 2013 1:00 AM