Duquesne Offers Sophomore Guard Tyler Scott

Duquesne Offers Sophomore Guard Tyler Scott

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported in Thursday's edition that Duquesne offered a scholarship to sophomore guard Tyler Scott from Gateway H.S. in Monroeville. Tyler's father, Rod, was a Duke ('79-'82) under head coach Mike Rice. Scott is the latest Duquesne-family connection that head coach Ron Everhart has made a strong component of his recruiting effort.

    This report was published on the same day Pittsburgh newspapers focused a lot of coverage on the 2009 City Game between Pitt and Duquesne, a double-overtime win for the Panthers.

Tyler Scott is a 6-foot-5 1/2 guard from the WPIAL's AAAA Gateway High School in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

Gateway coach Mitch Adams told Trib reporter Jerry DiPaola, "He's probably one of our most talented kids. It's up to him how far he wants to go this year, but he could go very far."

Rod Scott played from 1978-79 through 1981-82 under head coach and DU alum Mike Rice, father of Robert Morris head coach Mike Rice Jr. The Dukes were 62-49 during Rod's career with trips to the NIT in his sophomore and junior seasons. Duquesne tied for first in the Eastern Eight (now Atlantic 10 Conference) those same two seasons.

The younger Scott was one of a few local preps who played in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club's Pro-Am League this summer. Aaron Johnson (Moon Area) and Brett McCormick (Upper St. Clair) reportedly also competed with the collegiate players.

Tyler Scott is the second WPIAL high school player to receive a scholarship offer from Duquesne at this early stage in his prep career. The other, T.J. McConnell, last month signed a National Letter of Intent with the Dukes.

McConnell, of course, also has a family connection with Duquesne. His aunt, Suzie McConnell-Serio, is in her third season as head coach of Duquesne's women's basketball team. She led the 2008-09 team to a 20-12 record and the program's first-ever postseason bid (WNIT).

Continuing the Duquesne-connection, Tyler Harris, a 6-foot-7 swing from Half Hollow Hills High School West on New York's Long Island, is the son of Terrell Harris who played for the Dukes in the late 1970s. The Harris's visited the Bluff this past summer on an unofficial visit.

    Duquesne's men's basketball team (5-2) returns to the Palumbo Center court on Saturday in the inaugural Chuck Cooper Classic. Game time against Savannah State is 3:30 p.m. following the opening game between Davis & Elkins and West Virginia State. Next up for the Dukes's women's team (6-2) is a trip to Lehigh in eastern Pennsylavania for a Monday night game.

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