This past week was the biggest for name dropping in quite a while for Duquesne basketball. A new offer reported, an old one followed up on and 2015 interest.
A series of tweets by Jacob Padilla of Nebraska High School Hoops revealed that 6’6” tweener forward Treshawn Thurman holds a Duquesne offer. Forgive him for calling us a low major:
— Jacob Padilla (@JacobPadilla_) February 16, 2014
@jenkijeff He's D-1, but probably low major. Duquesne, UNO, etc. types of offers he has.
— Jacob Padilla (@JacobPadilla_) February 17, 2014
Aside from him starring in a game with bigger name prospects involved, Thurman intrigues me in the sense that Jim Ferry needs ball handling and skill from the four position. At the end of the day, an inch from the ideal probably doesn’t mean a lot. Just ask this guy. However, that inch will likely keep bigger offers at bay. They could have the chance to add a talented player with some outside of the box risk taking. It will be worth keeping an eye on this.
I’ve seen the name Jaylen Barford connected with Duquesne for a while but I hadn’t heard much about the coaching staff’s actual interest in the Tennessee combo guard. Here’s a tweet from this past week confirming it.
ETSU, Duquesne , and Texas AM into see 2014 G Jaylen Barford of Jackson SouthSide! @jbarford_1 the road less traveled let's get it
— Dominique Redding (@Dred13sweetJ) February 17, 2014
While I don’t like to take too much from watching Youtube footage, Barford looks more to the point guard side of the combo line. I think you could fairly call him a alley – oop machine. It felt like sixty percent of his highlights came in transition which has to peak Ferry’s interest.
2015 Columbus area forward Khalil Iverson is generating some interest from Duquesne and others following his junior season. Already standing 6’7”, the junior could add another inch or two before he gets to college. It’s very early for him.
'15 Delaware SF Khalil Iverson is now hearing from Wisconsin, Indiana, Penn State, Northwestern, Dayton, Duquesne, Richmond and VA Tech
— Zach Fleer (@ZachFleerLGHL) February 20, 2014
For those women’s basketball fans out there, I didn’t want to forget this two updates in a row. The Dukes offered high scoring West Virginia forward Angela Staffileno.
6-1 Brooke junior hoops standout Angela Staffileno picked up her 1st D1 college offer this week from Duquesne.
— Rob Metzger (@RMetzgerWTOV9) February 11, 2014
Already a 1000 point scorer as a junior, she has her sights set on doubling that and taking her schools all time scoring title.
Eric James Update
The Duquesne verbal closed his regular season on Tuesday night and now awaits seeding in the playoffs. James led his team in scoring with 18.3 per game while hitting almost 70% from the free throw line based on the limited data available. After slumping in the middle of the year, James closed well averaging 23.5 points in his final seven games.