Shedding Players at Duquesne

When you are trying to get a program to even the NIT (where it hasn't been since 1994), there are going to be some bumps. Duquesne has had more than its share in the past year. Now it will lose its leading scorer.

Robert Mitchell, the 2006-07 A-10 Rookie of the Year decided to transfer.

Duquesne's Robert Mitchell showed up a couple minutes late for a 6 a.m. basketball practice Tuesday. He spent the next hour or so running the track at the Palumbo Center before joining his teammates.

That afternoon, he went upstairs to coach Ron Everhart's office and told him, "I think it would be best for me to leave Duquesne."

Everhart answered, "I agree."

Mitchell and Everhart apparently clashed over issues involving his effort in and desire to practice. Mitchell was their leading scorer from last year, with 16.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg. He now plans to play closer to home for Seton Hall and Bobby Gonzalez, after sitting out a year.

Another JUCO recruit didn't make it into Duquesne at all. Ricky Jackson was denied admission for academic reasons and released from his National Letter of Intent.

That'll free up a few more scholarship spots.

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