Duquesne adds two to basketball recruiting class

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Duquesne head men's basketball coach Jim Ferry announced Tuesday that the Dukes have added two more recruits to the class of 2013-14 which brings the total number of incoming players for next season to seven.

The latest two to sign are 6-foot-8 forward Dominique McKoy, a junior college transfer from Atlanta (Cowley College), and 6-foot-6 forward Charles "L.G. Gill", who is from Chesterfield, Va. and played at Benedictine College Prep.

"Dominique played for an outstanding program at Cowley where he was well-coached by Tommy De Salme and his staff," said Ferry in a news release. "Dominique brings size, maturity and a nose for the basketball to this year's recruiting class. His versatility will help with our depth and his experience is something that will be really valuable with such a young roster. And L.G. has developed multiple skills that make him a legitimate threat from the perimeter,

"He has good length which will help us defensively and he can also shoot the ball from deep. He'll allow us to play a little bigger on the wing. I'm really excited about what both Dominique and L.G. will add to our program."

McCoy, who played at Rhode Island in 2011-12 and averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Rams, averaged 14.2 points and 11.5 rebounds per game last season at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas. He scored 20 or more in a game six times and pulled down 15 or more rebounds seven times and earned first team all-conference and second team all-region honors.

Gill averaged 14.1 points and 8.3 rebounds in helping Richmond, Va. Benedictine College Prep (31-4) to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division I state championship. He averaged 17.0 ppg. in three playoff wins. The versatile forward participated in both the slam dunk and 3-point shooting contests, winning the latter, at the 804 All-Star Game in Richmond in late March.

The other five members of the Dukes recruiting class are freshman G Desmond Ridenour (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/M.A.C.K. Prep), freshman F Jordan Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/Quality Education Academy), freshman F Isaiah Watkins (Toronto, Ontario/St. Benedict's Prep), freshman C Darius Lewis (Lexington, Ky./IMG Academy) and junior college transfer G Tra'Vaughn White (Kansas City, Kan./Independence CC).

One other "newcomer" for next season will be 6-8, 220-pound Ovie Soko, who transferred to Duquesne from UAB last summer, sat out last season and is now eligible to play.

Ferry has also added a ninth new player in Drake-transfer Micah Mason, who is from Natrona Heights and played at Highlands, but he will sit out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules.


Paul Zeise: pzeise@post-gazette.com or twitter: @paulzeise


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