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Top junior college scorer commits to Duquesne

| Friday, April 5, 2013, 2:24 p.m.

Tra'Vaughn White, the nation's leading scorer among top junior college players, committed to Duquesne on Friday.

The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 25.9 points and 5.5 rebounds as a sophomore at Independence Community College in Kansas. His visit to Duquesne in late March encouraged White to become the fourth member of Jim Ferry's second recruiting class.

“The whole coaching staff showed a lot of love,” said White, who liked the Dukes' offensive approach. “They're pretty much wide open, so I felt like I could fit that style of play.”

White was the second recruit to pick Duquesne in the past two weeks. Cleveland native Desmond Ridenour, a 6-1 guard at Mack Academy in Charlotte, N.C., committed March 23. Before attending prep school, Ridenour had committed to Dayton.

White ranked first among NJCAA Division I scorers this season, just ahead of Santa Fe College's Bobby Hunter, who averaged 25.2 points. White, of Kansas City, Kan., had committed to Sam Houston State in 2011 before enrolling instead at the junior college in Independence, Kan.

“He's an explosive player who's hard to stop,” Independence coach Tony Turner said. “He can get to the rim. And it doesn't matter who's there, he can get right over the top of anybody.”

White and Ridenour can sign letters of intent April 17, along with Jordan Robinson, a 6-7 forward at Quality Education Academy in North Carolina, who committed in late February. Isaiah Watkins, a 6-8 forward for St. Benedict's Prep in New Jersey, signed with the Dukes during the early period in November.

The program also has added Highlands graduate Micah Mason, a transfer from Drake.

The Dukes, who graduated two seniors and lost P.J. Torres midseason, would add two more available scholarships should centers Derrick Martin and Martins Abele transfer as expected. The program has not yet confirmed their departures.

Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at charlan@tribweb.com or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.

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