On Tuesday night, things began to hint towards change, as the news surfaced that Duquesne would be down three of their players from this past season. Among those leaving was leading play-maker, T.J. McConnell.
McConnell’s father told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his son had been granted a release and was looking to transfer, more than likely to a higher level institution.
“T.J. is very thankful for the opportunity that Ron Everhart gave him,” Tim McConnell said. “He loves Ron Everhart and we can’t say enough good things about him. This has nothing to do with coach Everhart or the Duquesne administration, or the university. It’s a great school. T.J. just feels like he would like to try and play at a higher level.”
Just a sophomore, McConnell was becoming one of the better point guards within the conference. In fact, he was probably one of the more underappreciated guards, even on the national level.
McConnell finished this past season averaging 11.4 points, 5.5 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game.
In addition to McConnell’s decision to leave Duquesne, additional departures also began to surface.
Sophomore guard Mike Talley and 6-foot-4 freshman Danny Herrera both tweeted that they were leaving the Dukes’ program, sending a message the Duquesne program might be in trouble in the coming years.
The departures of the three Duquesne players now leaves the Dukes without four of their top five scorers from this past season.
While McConnell is the headline name of those departing, there is no word or timetable of a decision on where he may head next to continue his collegiate career.