On Friday night, Duquesne will take on College of Charleston in a much-anticipated mid-major battle. The matchup is game No. 1 of the Veterans Classic in Annapolis, Maryland, which will take place at the Naval Academy.
Let’s dive into the top transfers competing in Friday night’s matchup.
FRANKIE POLICELLI – CHARLESTON
Policelli is a 6-foot-9 transfer out of Stony Brook who led the Cougars to a big win over Iona on opening night. He scored 15 points in the win and hit three three pointers. Policelli also snagged eight rebounds on the night.
HASSAN DRAME – DUQUESNE
The La Salle transfer Hassan played 17 minutes in game one, going 4 for 6 from the field to score 11 points for the Dukes. He also hit two of his three three-point attempts, including
FOUSSEYNI DRAME – DUQUESNE
Fousseyni, also a La Salle transfer, played seven more minutes than his brother on Monday night (24), and had a similar stat line. He hit four of his five field-goal tries, including 1 for 1 from three-point range. He scored ten total points and had five rebounds (three offensive).
KOBE RODGERS – CHARLESTON
Rodgers, who comes to Charleston from D2 Nova Southeastern, put up eight points and seven rebounds in a strong debut for Pat Kelsey’s Cougars on Monday night. He’s certainly one to watch at guard for Charleston.
ANDREI SAVRASOV – DUQUESNE
Savrasov (Georgia Southern transfer) didn’t have a major scoring night in game one of the season for the Dukes, but his numbers last year indicate that he can stuff the stat sheet at a high level. Keep an eye out for the 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward.
BRYCE BUTLER – CHARLESTON
Butler is another Division Two transfer, coming in from West Liberty. He scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in Monday’s win over Iona.
CJ FULTON – CHARLESTON
Fulton was an all-league caliber player in the Patriot League with Lafayette last year, and he now competes for the Cougars. Fulton went scoreless on Monday but grabbed six rebounds.
For a full breakdown of Charleston’s portal action this offseason, check out Riley Frain’s piece here.
Duquesne’s top two scorers, Dae Dae Grant (Miami OH) and Jimmy Clark III (JUCO/VCU) are also former transfers. Look out for the Dukes’ veteran back court to take control of the offense against Charleston.