The news of the week revolves around JUCO targets providing an expected twist to spring recruiting and an update on the Nolan Cressler transfer.
Let’s start with the main course. According to a blog entry from Stephen Nesbitt yesterday, the Dukes will get two unexpected (at least in the eyes of the fans) visitors from the JUCO ranks this weekend. One, Twymond Howard, we knew about while Dinjiyl Walker came as a surprise to me. Both posted strong numbers as sophomores, but neither fits neatly into a college position. With his prowess for rebounding, Howard feels like a power forward trapped in a small forwards 6’5” body. Meanwhile, Walker has played as a point guard throughout his career, but the other half of the combo might suite him better in college. The coaching staff bringing in two junior college players on the same weekend suggests a bigger push to collect a transfer than I expected.
In other JUCO news, target Kevin Punter, Jr picked up an offer from UTEP.
Now for the part of the entry that will ultimately disappoint Duquesne fans. It does not appear Ferry and company are pursuing Nolan Cressler:
Nolan Cressler, a Cornell transfer, has heard from Pitt, Vandy (offer), UAB, Robert Morris, Rutgers, Butler, Quinnipiac, and Northwestern
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) March 25, 2014
Since that tweet by Evans, Dayton, Davidson and Drexel have picked up interest, but the school that begins with a “D” we’re most concerned about hasn’t targeted the local product yet. Vanderbilt according a number of sources is the most interested and the first to offer, but Davidson and Dayton also seem like very interesting opportunities. Both are strong academic institutions. Both will bring Cressler back home for games when they play Duquesne. Finally, both are recent Elite Eight participants with Davidson making their deep run a few years ago and Dayton moving past Stanford yesterday.