Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dukes Recruits Mull Decisions

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dukes Recruits Mull Decisions

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No one is awaiting news of the next head coach at Duquesne more than the program's two signed recruits for fall: Donovon Jack, a 6- foot-9 forward from Reading, Pa., and Willie Moore, a 6-3 guard from Cincinnati.

Jack's high school coach said Monday the family will wait until a new coach and staff is hired before making a decision to remain committed to Duquesne. Moore's coach said Moore is still firmly committed to the Dukes.

Both players signed national letters of intent in November to play for Ron Everhart, who was fired Friday.

"The [Jacks] are going to be waiting for the coach to be named," said Ken "Snip" Esterly, head coach at Berks Catholic. "They'll talk to the coach and the athletic director and will make their decision."

Esterly said the news of Everhart's dismissal hit his player hard.

"I can tell you one thing. He's very disappointed," Esterly said. "He really liked Coach. He and coach Everhart had a good rapport. They really did. It was one of the deciding factors."

Moore's high school coach, Leon Ellison, said Moore is committed to the program and awaiting word on the new coach.

"He's firmly committed to Duquesne University and anxiously waiting to see who the coach is going be," Ellison said.

Jack was recruited by about 25 Division I programs and is expected to help answer the Dukes' size problem.

Among the Atlantic 10 Conference schools that made offers to Jack are Temple and Saint Joseph's.

Moore turned down Dayton, Cleveland State and Wichita State.

It is unclear if any of Everhart's verbal commitments -- three landed last week while he and his staff were on the road -- will remain interested in Duquesne.

South Carolina

Frank Martin reportedly has agreed to become South Carolina's next basketball. The university's board of trustees is scheduled to meet today to discuss a contract matter. Martin will replace Darrin Horn, who was fired two weeks ago after going 60-63 over four seasons. …

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