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Duquesne lands Detroit point guard

| Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009

Another Detroit point guard is headed to Duquesne University.

Mike Talley, a 5-foot-10 senior from Melvindale (Mich.) Academy for Business and Technology and twice winning the Associated Press Class C state high school boys basketball player of the year, has given the Dukes a verbal commitment for the 2010-11 season.

His father, Michael, a former player at Michigan and coach of his son's team at Melvindale ABT, said Monday that Talley will sign a binding letter-of-intent later this fall.

At Melvindale ABT, Mike Talley averaged 26 points per game as a junior, 25 as a sophomore and 24 as a freshman.

"I'm really impressed with the coaching staff there at Duquesne," Michael Talley said. "I'm so excited for Mike. He made the right choice, I'm certain."

Mike Talley, who also had entertained a scholarship offer from Providence, will join another former Detroit high school point guard on the Duquesne roster next season. Sophomore Eric Evans, from Northwestern High School, is the frontrunner to take over as Duquesne's starter following the graduation of all-Atlantic 10 Conference guard Aaron Jackson.

In choosing Duquesne, Michael Talley said his son wanted to play in the Atlantic 10, where the Dukes inched within one game of capturing the league's tournament championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament last season.

As a junior, Mike Talley averaged nine assists and five steals to go with his lofty scoring average.

"His consistency and shooting percentages also went up," Michael Talley said of his son. "He's getting ready for the next level. We've talked about this for some time now, and I'm pretty sure it's going to be a natural progression for him. I've tried to put together all the things I've learned as a player and coach and instill it in Mike.

"I think he's been the most prepared player for the next level that I've coached, not just physically, but mentally and academically."

Duquesne returns its entire roster, other than Jackson, and has added recruits Andre Marhold, a forward from Charlotte, N.C., and Sean Johnson, a guard from New York.

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