Five players leave in mass exodus from Duquesne basketball

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Five players have left the Duquesne men's basketball program and four of them will seek to transfer while a fifth will play another sport for the Dukes.

The most prominent of the players is freshman forward Quevyn Winters, who appeared in all 30 games and started eight and averaged 9.6 points in 22 minutes per game.

Winters, who was the team's third-leading scorer, is from Milwaukee and cited family reasons for wanting to leave Duquesne and he is looking to transfer somewhere closer to home.

The other three players who will transfer -- sophomore guard Marvin Binney, junior center Martins Abele and junior center Derrick Martin -- were recruited by previous coach Ron Everhart and were not likely to be in the rotation next season and are looking for a better opportunity to play.

The trio combined for 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game and none of the three averaged more than 13 minutes.

First-year coach Jim Ferry didn't comment on the transfers other than to say that he wishes them luck and that Duquesne is committed to helping them all find good places to continue their basketball careers.

One other player, Kadeem Pantophlet, who averaged 5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, had been working out with the soccer team and has decided to switch sports. Pantophlet, who is a sophomore from Tiel, Netherlands, had played soccer at a high level in Europe.

The moves mean the Dukes will have completely new look next year as Ferry has five incoming players -- junior college point guard Tra'Vaughn White, point guard Desmond Ridenour from Cleveland, former Highlands standout Micah Mason, who is transferring from Drake and Canadian post players Jordan Robinson and Isaiah Watkins.

Mason may have to sit out a year but he could receive a waiver to be eligible immediately because he is transferring for medical reasons.

Also, UAB transfer Ovie Soko, another post player, will be eligible next season for the Dukes.

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


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