Duquesne targets Long Island's Ferry as men's basketball coach
While the 17-day coaching search winds down, Duquesne has targeted Long Island Brooklyn's Jim Ferry as a candidate to replace Ron Everhart as its next basketball coach, a university source said.
Ferry, a native of Elmont, N.Y., has been the coach at Long Island for 10 years, leading the team into the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. Long Island won Northeast Conference regular-season and tournament championships in 2011 and '12.
Long Island's 2011 NEC title was the school's first in 14 years. The Blackbirds were 25-9 this year, with four underclassmen in the starting lineup.
During the past few seasons at Long Island, Ferry has recruited well in Texas, bringing four natives of that state to Brooklyn. Included in that group is 6-foot-7, 230-pound junior forward Julian Boyd, the NEC Player of the Year, an honorable mention Associated Press All-American and the Blackbirds' leading scorer (17.4 points per game). Sophomore guard Jason Brickman, who averaged 9.6 points, and juniors Brandon Thompson and Kenny Onyechi also grew up in Texas.
Ferry compiled a 150-149 record at Long Island. He also was named conference Coach of the Year in 2005 and '11.
Ferry presided over another makeover of the program in 2007 when Long Island moved into the $45 million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center where the Blackbirds have a .690 winning percentage.
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