Jim Ferry’s Duquesne Dukes are one of many teams taking summer trips to foreign countries this summer, as they’re currently taking in the sights and playing some exhibition games in Ireland. And during the team’s 100-54 victory over the Neptune Basketball Club Saturday, the opposition learned a lesson about challenging 6-foot-6 forward TySean Powell at the rim.
Powell threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk over a Neptune defender who looked to be caught deciding whether to take the charge or challenge the dunk. Give the man credit for not running out of the way at least.
And what makes this dunk even better? Watch the reaction of the fan in the white polo at the bottom of the screen. That’s not a Ric Flair walk, but it’s pretty doggone good (the referee on the baseline had a solid reaction as well).
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Former Nebraska guard is heading to the Atlantic 10
As a freshman, the 6-foot-2 Smith averaged 17.6 minutes per game and put up 4.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. He also shot 44 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3-point range.
Smith will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer restrictions, but he’ll have three years left of eligibility. After Smith sits out, he can form a back court with former Butler guard and transfer Rene Castro to form a solid nucleus.
The Dukes also recruited Smith out of high school, so the coaching staff did a nice job of recruiting him the second time around to get him into the program.
Duquesne assistant remains in Philadelphia hospital after being hit by a car Tuesday
Duquesne picked up one of its biggest wins of the season Saturday afternoon, as they beat Dayton 83-73 in Pittsburgh. However the program was without one of its assistants, as John Rhodes remains hospitalized in Philadelphia after he was hit by a car on Tuesday. The team was in Philadelphia for their matchup with La Salle.
According to Chris Harlan of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, among the injuries suffered by Rhodes were a “severely broken leg and a “slight” fracture in his neck.” During his postgame press conference Saturday, also noted that Rhodes was due to begin treatment this week after being diagnosed with cancer three weeks ago.
“He’s doing better,” Ferry said. “He’s out of the ICU. He’s scheduled to have surgery again on Monday. He’s pretty banged up. But as everybody in this room knows, ‘Big John’ is probably the most positive person out there. He’s been more positive about it to us than we have to him.”
Associate head coach Brian Nash and assistant Rich Glesmann are the other coaches on Ferry’s staff.