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Dukes to Head to Bahamas for Foreign Tour

By Atlantic 10 Conference

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PITTSBURGH – The Duquesne men's basketball team will embark on a weeklong trip to the Bahamas in preparation for the 2019-20 season.

The Dukes, who are beginning their third season under head coach Keith Dambrot, will play multiple games at Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, located in the Central New Providence neighborhood in Nassau.

The trip will run from August 5-11.

Duquesne is allowed 10 days of full team practice prior to departing.

"Any time you can bond as a team - and have the chance to work together at a championship level beforehand - it's a real benefit," said Dambrot. "We're looking forward to the extended practice time and the trip. The week away will give our guys a chance to get to know each other better and experience a new and different culture."

The Dukes will headquarter at Atlantis on Paradise Island.

This is the third time Duquesne has taken advantage of an NCAA rule that allows basketball programs to go on an international trip once every four years. DU traveled to Toronto to play four games in three days over Labor Day weekend in 2007 and also went to Ireland for a four-game tour in August of 2015.

Duquesne returns nine players, including four starters, from last year's 19-13 team. In addition to the returnees, five newcomers - freshman James Ellis (sat out in 2018-19), Baylee Steel (graduate transfer from Utah Valley State), and incoming freshmen Maceo Austin, Evan Buckley and Ashton Miller - will be joining the team for the Bahamas trip.

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