Duquesne will host a pair of junior-college players this weekend in hopes of adding some experience to its incoming recruiting class, which currently includes incoming freshmen Eric James and TySean Powell. Visiting the Bluff this weekend are Iowa Western guard Dinjiyl Walker and Southwest Mississippi forward Twymond Howard.
Walker, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound combo guard, averaged 16.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists this season for Iowa Western (24-8). The Council Bluffs, Iowa, native has visited Bradley and St. Mary's of California. Duquesne has recruited him for some time, and also recruited his former teammate Devin Brooks last year before Brooks chose Creighton.
Walker played the point for Iowa Western, shooting 37.1 percent from 3-point range and 75.8 percent from the free-throw line. He had 81 assists to 75 turnovers this season.
Howard, the pride of Pearl, Miss., averaged 15.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for Southwest Mississippi (12-13). He was a three-star recruit out of high school, according to Rivals.com, and got offers from the likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Georgetown, Maryland, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Tennessee.
The 6-foot-5 forward, a 2012 Parade All American, spent his freshman season at UTEP, logging just 67 minutes and averaging 1.3 points per game. He visited TCU recently and is expected to make a transfer decision in the near future.
Duquesne brought in one junior-college transfer last season (Tra'Vaughn White) alongside its five-man freshman class of Desmond Ridenour, L.G. Gill, Isaiah Watkins, Jordan Robinson and Darius Lewis. Robinson was ruled a partial qualifier and redshirted the season.
Will have more info on Dinjiyl and Twymond, these All-Name Team candidates, should one of them decide to commit this weekend.