One Recruit Parts with Duquesne

Antonio DiMaria

One of the factors that comes into play between the time a coach resigns / is fired and a new coach is hired is that recruiting moves into a state of limbo. What will the signed recruits do? Prospects targeted for a National Letter of Intent this spring are likely to keep their options open and may set up with another program while Duquesne's process for picking a new coach is happening.

The first shoe has dropped according to Wednesday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Senior swingman Antonio DiMaria from Pittsburgh's Bishop Canevin High School asked for and received a release from Duquesne from the NLI he and DU signed in November 2005.

Director of Athletics Greg Amodio has asked all three signees (the others: center Hernol Hall from Lon Morris College in Texas and guard Steve McNees from Shenango H.S. in New Castle, Pa.) to hold off making a decision until the new coach has a chance to meet with the players.

The PG quotes Tony DiMaria, the player's father, saying that waiting could have an adverse affect on his son's recruitment.

DiMaria was a candidate for a developmental redshirt as a Duquesne frosh. Playing time is always an issue for recruits.

Duquesne's press release announcing the NLI signings on Nov. 9, 2005, said this about the Canevin small forward / shooting guard.

    "[DiMaria} played at Sewickley Academy as a freshman, sophomore and part of his junior year, prior to transferring to Bishop Canevin. He was named Associated Press third team all-state in 2003 after averaging 17.0 ppg. in leading Sewickley Academy to a 26-5 record, its first WPIAL Class A championship, and an appearance in the PIAA final. He was first team all-section as a freshman and sophomore.

Other schools that had checked out DiMaria were Bowling Green, James Madison, Seton Hall and Syracuse. These may and may not choose to get involved depending on their completed recruiting for 2006-07.

DiMaria averaged 17.3 points per game this season. Canevin will face Bald Eagle Area H.S. (Wingate, Pa.) tonight at Clarion University's Tippin Gymnasium in Clairon, Pa. in the PIAA Class AA state tournament. DiMaria scored 25 points in Bishop Canevin's 64-56 win over Farrell H.S. in the opening round last Saturday. The Crusaders enter the game with a 25-4 record.

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