Duquesne rounds out 2014 recruiting class

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Duquesne rounded out its 2014 recruiting class today with a late addition that could pay big dividends down the road. Mar’Qywell Jackson, a 6-foot-5 guard, has officially signed with the Dukes.

"Mar'Qywell is a versatile player who is comfortable at both guard spots as well as small forward," Duquesne coach Jim Ferry said. "His size and length brings an added dimension to the backcourt. At 6-5, his ability to rebound from the guard spot is also a big plus.”

The catch is that Jackson, a product of East English Village Prep in Detroit, enrolled at UTEP in early June. After only a few weeks of class, he decided to transfer to be closer to home. UTEP coach Tim Floyd agreed to release Jackson from his scholarship.

Juan Rickman, Jackson’s high-school coach, contacted Duquesne assistant coach Rich Glessman, whom he had worked with previously, and told him of Jackson’s intent to transfer.

Duquesne, which had one scholarship pocketed, hosted Jackson last Thursday, and he gave Ferry his verbal commitment that day.

It is uncertain whether his summer enrollment at UTEP will affect his eligibility for the 2014-15 season.

Jackson, a consensus three-star recruit, averaged 26.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game as a senior and was named to the five-man 2014 All-Detroit team by the Detroit Free Press.

Stephen J. Nesbitt: snesbitt@post-gazette.com and Twitter @stephenjnesbitt. First Published July 22, 2014 12:00 AM

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