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PITTSBURGH – First-year Duquesne University head men’s basketball coach Jim Ferry announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent today.
Freshman swingman Quevyn Winters (Milwaukee, Wis./M.A.C.K. Prep) along with freshmen guards Derrick Colter (Largo, Md./Largo) and Jeremiah Jones (Gary, Ind./St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy) and sophomore junior college transfer guard Marvin Binney (Toronto, Ontario/New Mexico Junior College) complete the first group signed by Ferry who was hired on April 12.
In addition, Ferry announced that 6-8, 220-pound forward Ovie Soko (London, England/Bethel HS/UAB) has signed a financial aid agreement and will be part of the men’s basketball program this fall.
Soko, who played in 30 of 31 games with 24 starts for the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011-12, will sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have one year of eligibility at Duquesne.
“I’m extremely excited about our first recruiting class,” said Ferry. “We were able to address some needs with quality kids from great families who have all competed in highly successful basketball programs.
“This group brings a good mix of talent, experience and maturity that should impact and benefit our program as we move forward.”
Winters, a 6-5 swingman, attended Milwaukee Washington High School where he was all-city in earning honorable mention all-state (AP) honors after averaging 19.3 points per game as a junior. He continued his playing career at Oldsmar Christian School near Tampa, Fla. in 2010-11 where he was named Independent League all-state by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches after leading Oldsmar to the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association state tournament championship game. Winters attended M.A.C.K. Prep in Charlotte, N.C. this past season where he averaged 22.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists for a 30-13 team.
“Quevyn is a great shooter, ball-handler and passer who can run the court,” said Ferry. “His combination of size and scoring ability will present matchup problems on the wing.”
Colter led the Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A league in scoring at 22.5 ppg. from the point guard spot in helping 22-5 Largo reach the Class 2A state championship game. A second team All-Met pick by the Washington Post, the 5-10 Colter averaged 26.2 ppg. in five state playoff games.
“I really like Derrick’s competitiveness and toughness,” said Ferry. “He played in an outstanding program at Largo. He has the kind of speed and quickness that will help us play the way we want to play.”
Jones, a shooting guard, averaged 17.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a 17-year-old senior at Class 4A Merrillville (Ind.) High School before spending a post-graduate year at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis. At SJNMA Jones averaged 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. The 6-3, 205-pounder, who was rated as the No. 7 guard in the state by the Indianapolis Star in 2011, skipped the first grade. He was rated as a three-star recruit by rivals.com.
“Jeremiah is a versatile guard who has a great knack for putting the ball in the basket,” said Ferry. “He shoots it very well from the perimeter and also has the ability to get to the rim. In high school he played for - and competed against - some of the top programs in the state of Indiana. His post-graduate season allowed him to mature physically while playing against some top programs.”
Binney, a point guard who will have three seasons of eligibility remaining, averaged 5.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists as a redshirt freshman for 23-9 New Mexico Junior College in 2012. As one of two players to start all 32 games for the Thunderbirds, the Toronto native led the team in assists (94) and steals (41). He was named the team’s Best Defensive Player and was the recipient of the Most Inspirational/T-Bird Award at NMJC’s postseason awards banquet. The 6-2 Binney was rated as the No. 5 point guard in the Canadian class of 2009 by Hoop Stars Canada after leading AAAA Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championship.
“I look for Marvin to help solidify the point guard position,” said Ferry. “He is a very good on-the-ball defender who brings a nice combination of experience, maturity and strength to an area where we need immediate help. Marvin has played for highly successful programs both in Canada and in junior college which should help in his transition to the Atlantic 10.”
Soko played 88 games with 59 starts in three seasons at UAB. A two-year starter, Soko posted eight of his 11 career double-doubles last season when he averaged 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
The London native was named to the 21-man Great Britain Senior Men Preliminary Roster where will compete for a spot on the Olympic team alongside former Duquesne player Kieron Achara. Soko was also named to the Great Britain Futures team.
“Ovie is another player with the versatility to play all over the floor,” said Ferry. “He is a proven Conference USA player with outstanding athletic ability. His combination of Division I and international experience will give us a real boost in 2013-14.”
DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY BASKETBALL 2012-13 RECRUITING CLASS
NAME POS HT WT CL PPG RPG HOMETOWN/LAST SCHOOL
Marvin Binney G 6-2 185 So. 5.9 2.9a Toronto, Ontario/New Mexico Junior College
Derrick Colter G 5-10 180 Fr. 22.5 3.2 Forestville, Md./Largo HS
Jeremiah Jones G 6-3 205 Fr. 19.0 6.0 Gary, Ind./ St. John’s Northwestern Military Acad. (Wis.)
Quevyn Winters F 6-5 195 Fr. 22.0 9.0 Milwaukee, Wis./Mack Prep (N.C.)
Ovie Soko* F 6-8 220 Sr. 8.3 6.8 London, England/Bethel (Va.) HS/UAB
* - will sit out the 2012-13 season following his transfer from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and will have one season of eligibility remaining