Brooklyn Native Headed to Atlantic 10 school

Media reports on Saturday stated that Duquesne has picked up a commitment for the upcoming season from Brooklyn, N.Y. native A.J. West. West finished a prep season at Central Jersey Each One Teach One Academy (CJEOTO).

Duquesne has another player in the fold for the 2011-12 season. Friday night A.J. West, a 6-foot-8, 215 pound power forward from Fort Greene, Brooklyn who spent a prep season at Central Jersey Each One Teach One Academy (CJEOTO), chose the Dukes.

West averaged 21 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks at CJEOTO Academy last season and was named to the All New Jersey Prep second team. West previously played at Friends, Xavierian and Abraham Lincoln high schools, all in Brooklyn, and at Ocean Academy in Bayville, N.J.

He was also recruited by Dayton, Texas Tech, Hofstra, Pepperdine, Quinnipiac, and St. Peter's. Visits scheduled to Dayton and Texas Tech have been cancelled.

His father, Allen West, told Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Dave Mackall, "The letter of intent is on its way and all parties are in agreement. I'm very excited for A.J."

CJEOTO coach Ian Turnbull told New York Post reporter Zach Braziller that, "West was integral to his team going 19-14 against a daunting schedule that included several national prep school powers."

A D-I assistant coach told Braziller, "With the right coaching, he'll definitely be a player. When I saw him a month ago, he looked like he had gotten a lot better. If he puts in the effort, he could have a decent career."

The Trib listed the other players who have committed to DU for 2011-12: guards P.J. Torres and Daniel Herrera, forwards Kadeem Pantophlet and Shakore Grant and center Chiehk Fall in Duquesne head coach Ron Everhardt's 2011 recruiting class.


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