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Duquesne releases second basketball recruit

Berks Catholic coach Snip Esterly wasn't with Donovon Jack when he heard Duquesne University had fired coach Ron Everhart.

"But I can tell you this," Esterly said, "he was disappointed."

Jack, who scored 1,725 points at Reading's Berks Catholic and was a first-team Pennsylvania Sportswriters all-state selection in Class AAA, asked Duquesne for a release from a letter of intent he signed last year. Duquesne complied and completed the paperwork Wednesday.

Jack met with new Duquesne coach Jim Ferry last week, but the disconnect between the school and its top recruit had gone too far, Esterly said.

"He felt comfortable (with Ferry)," Esterly said of Jack, who chose not to comment. "I just think he wants to see what else is there, to be honest with you, because so many things happened.

"He had a good rapport with Coach Everhart, and a couple of other kids (guards T.J. McConnell and Mike Talley) transferred."

Esterly said Jack had several offers when he signed with Duquesne, including Clemson, Penn State and Georgia Tech. Now, the recruiting process starts again.

"And they are all calling," said Esterly, who added Jack will consider returning to Duquesne.

Jack, a 6-foot-9 forward, averaged 17 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game last season.

Duquesne has no recruits in the Class of 2012. It previously had released 6-3 guard Willie Moore of Aiken High School in Cincinnati.

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