Where is Duquesne University, you ask?
Duquesne, my friend, is located at 1200 Slammington Avenue, Dunksburgh, Pa. Feel free to stop by and pick up a poster.
Indeed, some special college basketball is being played in Pittsburgh this winter, much of it coming from Duquesne University forward Ovie Soko.
The Dukes' 6'8" senior is abusing the rim and ripping nylon at the rate of 18.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. These numbers will stand out on any NBA scout's list but not half as much as the circus dunk Soko slammed home Wednesday night against the Fordham Rams.
The goal-shaking moment was spotted by Scott Gleeson of For The Win, and it came on an off-the-glass assist that's difficult to encapsulate in words.
Duquesne guard Derrick Colter received a dish in transition and threw a reckless, off-the-backboard pass to Soko, who flew in out of nowhere and put the biscuit in the basket.
These things don’t happen often in organized basketball—not without a heap of confidence existing between teammates. Colter trusted Soko to anticipate the pass and finish it. Had it not worked, this could’ve easily ended up on SportsCenter's "Not Top 10" plays.
Soko's dunk was highly reminiscent of a certain Dwyane-to-LeBron connection against the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day.
Soko finished the game in fittingly dominant fashion, defeating Fordham and registering a career-high 29 points.
Admittedly, I haven't been following Duquesne's basketball season, but based on this brief glimpse, I'm intrigued. The Atlantic 10 Conference is far from stacked, but it isn't without competition.
We'll have a better idea of Soko's talents when the 8-5 Dukes take on stiffer foes in Virginia Commonwealth and Saint Louis later this January.
Despite the level of competition concerns, a 6'8" forward averaging over 18 points a game in Division I basketball isn’t a fluke. Look for Soko to creep his way into NBA draft talk this spring.
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