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Medina's Lindsey Linard opts for Duquesne

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Left-handed centers that stand 6-foot-3, run the floor like a deer and knock down mid-range jumpers don't grow on trees.

Defending Atlantic 10 runner-up and NIT third-round qualifier Duquesne knows this as well as anyone, and the Dukes added Medina center Lindsey Linard to their 2020 recruiting class Friday.

The junior selected the Pennsylvania school over Miami of Ohio, Youngstown State and Kent State, among others, and will receive a full scholarship that will cover the $35,000 yearly tuition, including a redshirt freshman season.

"They just have so many different things to offer that I liked," she said. "First of all, the campus being in downtown Pittsburgh is really cool, and I loved their coaching staff.

"They have a unique team culture where half their team (seven in 2018-19) is not from the U.S. They have a lot of people from Europe and Canada, and they recruit all over the world. I thought that was pretty cool, because last year we had Klara (Bergholtz) from Sweden and she became one of my best friends."

Duquesne was the first school to offer Linard, beginning a snowball effect that led to other interest from mid-majors. The full-ride deal has been on the table since Nov. 30, when the Dukes defeated St. Francis 87-68 with Linard in attendance.

Duquesne rose to recent prominence under former Cleveland Rockers guard Suzie McConnell-Serio and has continued the success under sixth-year coach Dan Burt. The Dukes have qualified for the NIT or NCAA Tournament in 10 straight seasons.

"I really like their style of play," said Linard, who is undecided on a major. "They really focus on getting the ball into the post, and definitely just watching their games - I've also seen some of their practices - I can see I could have success there because of that. That was one of the big things was how they utilize their posts."

Linard averaged 6.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks as the Bees went 15-10 and reached the Valley Forge Division I District semifinals last season. The two-year starter is expected to be a key player this winter, when the Bees will have big expectations with six of their top 10 scorers returning.

"I'm so excited, and I know the rest of the team is so excited," Linard said. "We really believe that we can do really well. Everyone has bought into the idea that we can have so much success this year, and that makes me really happy."

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.
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