A hello

Written by Brian Batko on .


Greetings, Dukes fans.

It’s a pleasure to let you know I’m taking over for Craig Meyer on the Duquesne men’s basketball beat, as he heads up the road to Oakland to cover Pitt.

It had become something of a dream of mine to be a full-time reporter writing about a college basketball team, and I intend to match your passion for Duquesne basketball with a passion for knowing as much as I possibly can about Duquesne basketball.

I’m a born and bred Pittsburgher, growing up in and going to high school at Shaler, then attending college at Pitt. So I’ve been familiar with Duquesne for a long time; I’m not coming in cold. I’ve attended games as a paying spectator, I’ve covered the City Game and I look forward to being at a heck of a lot more. This past season, I started covering our district college football teams, as well, which meant much chronicling of the Dukes’ historic season on the gridiron.

But to be honest, you could probably say I’m just about addicted to hoops, so that makes this even more special. Certainly at the college level, but also high school (which is another area of my coverage here at the P-G), the pros and hey, I’ll go watch JV and junior high games if I have family playing. It’s my favorite sport — easily — and the only one I played myself in high school (and still play pick-up now at 24).

I can’t promise you an Atlantic 10 championship or NCAA tournament berth, but if either of those things happen, I’m along for the ride. And regardless, I plan to have some fun, because sports are supposed to be fun. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @BrianBatko, and my email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you ever want to get in touch. I've gotten quite a few new Twitter followers and tweets already, so I certainly appreciate that. (There's also a comment box below this post if you want to "join the conversation.")

Hopefully I can pick up where Craig left off and continue the great work he did on the Dukes. Beyond the game itself, I want to get to know the people/personalities/characters Duquesne basketball comprises and their stories, then help you get to know them better, too. Thanks for reading, and don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, comments, complaints, etc. Now I’m probably headed to go watch, play or think about the basketball ring.



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