February 16, 2009

Andre Marhold commits to Duquesne

On Sunday Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart received a verbal commitment from 6'7 forward {db}Andre Marhold{/db} from North Mecklenberg (N.C.) High School. Marhold is averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds for North Mecklenberg, the state's No. 3-ranked team. Marhold gave Duquesne its first verbal commitment for the 2009 recruiting class.

Marhold can play either forward position and is known for his athletic ability. Many scouts consider him the kind of player who can help any team with his hustle and hard working mentality which is something that Everhart puts a priority on when recruiting.

Jay Gomes from NJHoops.com quoted Marhold as saying: "I am looking for a school that runs the transition game and plays man to man defense. Where they get after it and get out on the break." After hearing Marhold's comments there should not be any surprise that he chose to commit to Duquesne. The Dukes are known for running the floor and playing tough man to man defense.

One of Marhold's greatest strengths is his rebounding ability which is an area where Duquesne has struggled this season. Duquesne should improve greatly in the rebounding category next year with the additions of 6'11 Mike Williams a transfer from Kentucky, 6'9 Rodrigo Peggau who is recovering from knee surgery and now the addition of Marhold.

Marhold had received scholarship offers from Clemson and Winthrop and was also receiving interest from the University of Miami, Virginia, and Charlotte.

Marhold is actually a native Pittsburgher; he was born in Pittsburgh and attended Philip Murray Elementary School and Knoxville Middle School, as well as Linton Middle School in Penn Hills, before his family moved to North Carolina in 2004.


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