Duquesne adds two men's recruits
With the regular-season opener just days away, a trend to add size to Duquesne's long-suffering men's basketball program again was evident Wednesday, with the official announcement that Dukes coach Danny Nee received signed letters of intent from his first two recruits for next season.
“We've signed two quality big men we think can play for us. Size is difficult to recruit,” said Nee, who has one more scholarship to give for next season.
The latest signees, 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward Sean McKeon and 6-9, 230 forward/center Kieron Achara, earlier had given Duquesne oral commitments.
The Dukes, with four new players 6-7 or taller expected to be in the starting lineup, will open their season Saturday night by helping Pitt officially unveil its Petersen Events Center in the annual City Game.
McKeon was a reserve last year at Philadelphia Archbishop Carroll before enrolling at Phoenixville Area High School this fall. He attended Phoenixville Area Middle School before transferring to Devon Prep and then Archbishop Carroll.
He averaged 21.0 points and 12.0 rebounds over the summer for Mustang Basketball, an Amateur Athletic Union team.
“Sean can really shoot the ball,” Nee said. “He also handles the it well and is a very good passer. He can play inside and outside.”
Achara, who played for the Scottish National Team at the European Promotion Cup in Malta in June, is enrolled at Maine Central Institute. He is a past member of the Scottish junior and senior national teams.
In 1999, at age 16, he was the youngest member of the senior national team and was named Scottish junior player of the year in 2000 and 2001.
Achara, who has a wingspan of 7-3, attended Stirling High School in Scotland before enrolling at MCI.
“Kieron is good defender and excellent rebounder,” Nee said.
“To get two quality big men in one year is a real bonus. They represent what we want. They are good students and good players.”