These days, I’m a little behind the curve when it comes to reporting Duquesne news, but thankfully, the professionals are keeping you up to date. Earlier today, Stephen Nesbitt reported that Tra’Vaughn White elected to the leave Duquesne with only a year of eligibility remaining.
White also followed the announcement up with a tweet of his own.
No choice but to make the best decision for me and my family..Appreciate all the support from the DU coaching staff ! #thejourneycontinues
— Tra'Vaughn White (@_TWhite_1) April 10, 2014
Many have speculated for some time that White’s departure was on the horizon. His playing time dwindled down the stretch and he really never seemed to get into a grove in Atlantic 10 play after starting well in the non conference schedule. He came in the reigning junior college scoring champion and looked like a potentially valuable player when he finally got cleared for the summer league. Duquesne fans thought they had a pure scorer on their hands. As it turns out, he could put the ball in the basket, but it didn’t compensate for his struggles on defense. He also struggled to develop chemistry with Derrick Colter. In the end, I think White could become a valuable asset if he finds a program in a lesser conference willing to give him a year off for a year of eligibility.
He’d be a steal for any D-II program.
The Dukes now have a second scholarship available to toy with and relative quiet on the April recruiting news front. This could turn out in any number of ways with rumored targets in the prep, JUCO and transfer ranks. Over the next few days, I’ll behind to break down who I think some of the targets could be.