Men’s Basketball

Despite height, Somerset an all time great for Red & Blue

Despite height, Somerset an all time great for Red & Blue

By Natalie Fiorilli | The Duquesne Duke It can be presumed that height is a limiting factor in one’s chances at playing professional basketball, and actually only 24 players under the height of 5-foot-nine have made it to the NBA. Duquesne basketball hall of famer Willie Somerset, who stood at 5-foot-8, overcame those odds after […]

Mason shoots for championship as senior

Mason shoots for championship as senior

By Andrew Holman | The Duquesne Duke Micah Mason is known nationwide as a sharpshooter behind the arc, taking the country by storm during the 2013-14 season leading the entire NCAA in 3-point percentage. However, though Mason enters his senior season as the second most accurate 3-point shooter in NCAA history at .492, he’s focused […]

The Coach’s Corner with Jim Ferry and Dan Burt

The Coach’s Corner with Jim Ferry and Dan Burt

DAN BURT TDD: Your contract was extended over the summer, how are you hoping to improve the program and earn respect in this conference in the time that you have been granted? DB: We’ve been in the post season for seven consecutive years. Yet, we’ve fallen short of our ultimate goal of the NCAA Tournament, […]

From the depths of prejudice, Cooper rose above

From the depths of prejudice, Cooper rose above

By Julian Routh | Editor-In-Chief In newspapers all over the country on April 26, 1950, a small footnote was buried in the sports section beneath stories of New York Giants baseball, quarterly boxing revenue and the 76th Kentucky Derby. The footnote read, in most instances, “First Black Player Drafted to NBA,” with a few sentences […]

Home is where the court is

Home is where the court is

By Leah Devorak | Layout Editor Duquesne’s history with basketball is long and diverse. Since officially going varsity back in 1914, the Dukes have experienced everything from championship winning teams to barely even making it out of last place. It’s served to give the team an interesting story, but what most Duquesners don’t realize is […]

Dukes hoping pieces finally fall in place

Dukes hoping pieces finally fall in place

By Julian Routh | Editor-In-Chief With every first dribble, every first play and every first basket of every new season for the Duquesne men’s basketball team, there’s usually an overwhelming sense of optimism in the air. But that optimism is usually replaced with sadness, cynicism and unfiltered anguish by the time the calendar turns to […]

Nixon’s pro success stems from time at Duquesne

Nixon’s pro success stems from time at Duquesne

By Julian Routh | Editor-In-Chief In a pivotal third game of the 1982 NBA Finals, the notorious “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers were coming off their lone loss of the postseason and in need of a win at home over the scrappy Philadelphia 76ers. They would get the win, but not at the hands of future […]

Ray Goss still going strong

Ray Goss still going strong

By Bridget Seelinger | The Duquesne Duke Duquesne alum and Hall of Fame announcer Ray Goss has seen Duquesne basketball’s best and worst moments. To this day, Goss sits microphone in hand, calling each Dukes game on the radio. His love for Duquesne basketball started back when he was a student on the Bluff in […]

Duquesne hoops forum building national fanbase

By Bridget Seelinger | The Duquesne Duke Fans passionate about Duquesne basketball have found a home on an online forum hosted through Boardhost, an online forum that has been hosting discussions since 1998. The name is DuquesneFans and it hosts analysis of men and women’s basketball and football. Many of these passionate fans are season […]

Rhodes ready for season after beating cancer

Rhodes ready for season after beating cancer

By Joseph Sykes | Sports Editor John Rhodes is a man familiar with success. From being a standout basketball player at Ohio University in the late 1980s to coaching his alma mater to the NCAA tournament in 2005, the Dukes’ assistant coach never had trouble making a name for himself. When Rhodes was diagnosed with […]