Duquesne head men’s basketball coach Jim Ferry announced Tuesday that graduate transfers Kale Abrahamson (Drake/Northwestern) and Emile Blackman (Niagara) have signed financial aid agreements with the Dukes and will join the men’s program for the 2016-17 season.
Abrahamson, a 6-foot-8 forward, brings 95 games of Division I experience to the Dukes. In his last season at Drake, he averaged just over 11 points a game. He began his collegiate career at Northwestern and transferred to Drake following his sophomore year.
Blackman, a 6-foot-3 guard, was Niagara’s leading scorer in both 2015 (13.5 ppg) and 2016 (15.8 ppg). He began his collegiate career at LIU Post and transferred to Niagara after his freshman year.
Abrahamson and Blackman, the first incoming graduate transfers in Duquesne basketball history, both have one remaining season of eligibility, and they will be available and ready to play immediately.
In a recent press release, Ferry praised the duo for their experience on the court.
“Kale and Emile not only add proven ability but an element of maturity to our program, as well,” Ferry said. “Both are high-character guys who have played meaningful minutes at the Division I level. Both will make an immediate impact.”
Abrahamson and Blackman join Nebraska transfer Tarin Smith and incoming freshmen Mike Lewis, Spencer Littleson and Isiaha Mike as two of six first-year scholarship players for the 2016-17 Duquesne squad.
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