Duquesne received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-5 guard Mar'Qywell Jackson, a UTEP transfer, during his campus visit Thursday. Jackson, an incoming freshman from East English Preparatory Academy in Detroit, enrolled at UTEP this summer before quickly deciding to relocate closer to home.
Jackson made his transfer intentions public with a trio of tweets July 10:
• To the EP miners fan I'm sorry I have to leave...I just want to be closer to home sorry
• But to say I had a great time with the team and coaches
• It's just time to go home and talk things over with my mom and high school coach
"Mar'Qywell came in and tried it and felt it was a little too far from home," Miner coach Tim Floyd told the El Paso Times. "That's one of the things the summer is for. We will release him (from his scholarship) to the school of his choice and we wish him well."
Jackson, a consensus three-star recruit (though Rivals at one point listed him as a four-star), averaged 26 and 24 points, respectively, as a junior and senior. He received interest from a number of big-time schools, including Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, USC and Arizona.
His initial eligibility is unknown, but considering that he both signed a letter of intent and enrolled briefly at UTEP it is likely he will be sidelined for the 2014-15 season. Regardless, he's the final piece to Duquesne's recruiting-class puzzle, joining freshmen TySean Powell and Eric James.