Melquan Bolding Named to All-Rookie Team

Duquesne men's basketball team, with one senior and eight true freshmen, has been picked for 12th place in the Atlantic 10 head coaches and media's preseason poll. One of those newcomers, Melquan Bolding, was named to the A-10 preseason All-Rookie Team.

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Swingman Melquan Bolding played last season at Fitchburg, Massachusetts' Notre Dame Prep following his time at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y. A highly regarded prep, Bolding averaged 18 points and seven rebounds per game. He had averaged 21.7 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game as a junior at Archbishop Stepinac. Bolding had also been recruited by Louisville, St. John's and Syracuse.

Duquesne, which lost its top five scorers from last year's 17-13 team, has four scholarship players returning led by senior Aaron Jackson, last year's #6 scorer at 9.0 ppg to go along with 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg and a 2.00 assist/turnover ratio. Sophomores Damian Saunders (6.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 30 games), who was named to the 2008 A-10 All-Rookie Team, Bill Clark (8.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 30 games) and David Theis (1.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 11 games).

The Dukes also return a couple junior non-scholarship players, Jason Duty (2.3 ppg, 11.4 mpg) and Jimmy Sherwood (0.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg).

In addition to Bolding (6-4, 190), the other freshman are guards Eric Evans (5-11, 195) and Chase Robinson (6-2, 190), swingman B.J. Monteiro (6-5, 195), forwards Aleksandar Milovic (6-7, 220), Shawntez Patterson (6-7, 180) and Rodrigo Peggau (6-8, 230) and big forward Oliver Lewinson (6-9, 240). {Lewinson was a late signee after senior Phillip Fayne's illness knocked him from the basketball court.]

Predicted Order of Finish
(first place votes)

 1. Xavier (44)
 2. Temple (12) 
 3. Dayton (3) 
 4. Saint Joseph's 
 5. Charlotte (2) 
 6. Massachusetts 
 7. Saint Louis
 8. Richmond 
 9. Rhode Island
10. La Salle
11. George Washington
12. Duquesne
13. Fordham
14. St. Bonaventure

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