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Dukes' Everhart is not content with staus quo

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Less than 12 hours after his team's opening-round exit from the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, Duquesne men's basketball coach Ron Everhart was back on the recruiting front.

He will need to replace senior guard Jason Duty and might find himself in the market for a few other new faces if any current scholarship players opt to transfer.

Already, Everhart has secured high-scoring guards Mike Talley, from Melvindale (Mich.) Academy for Business and Technology, and T.J. McConnell, from Chartiers Valley High School, the WPIAL's all-time leader in 3-point shots, for next season.

Everhart seeks another post player, perhaps a junior-college transfer, to complement senior-to-be Damian Saunders, a first-team all-conference selection and the A-10's defensive player of the year this season.

Morakinyo Williams, the 7-foot transfer from Kentucky, showed signs of maturing as the season wore on, but he was used sparingly down the stretch and played just 3 minutes on Tuesday.

Following the 83-71 loss at St. Bonaventure (15-15), Everhart essentially told his team he was not satisfied with mediocrity, meaning there could be changes made to the Dukes' roster. Everhart said "no one is untouchable."

Everhart also said the Dukes failed to find a leader to replaced graduated star Aaron Jackson, although point guard Eric Evans became more comfortable in the role as the season wore on.

Duquesne is still holding out hope of playing at least one more game in either the College Basketball Invitational or next week.

"We've had correspondence with both," Duquesne athletics director Greg Amodio said. "Everybody would like to have an opportunity to participate again. Our guys are not ready to end the season yet."

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