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NBA Free Agency: Former Duquesne Star Damian Saunders Signs With Houston Rockets

The Waterbury Republican-American is reporting that former Duquesne Duke forward Damian Saunders has signed a training camp contract with the Houston Rockets.

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According to the report, Saunders made the announcement Thursday night on his Facebook and Twitter page that he will be reporting to Rockets camp soon. 

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The former Duke most recently played with BG Goettingen in the German Bundesliga, where he played in just seven games, averaging 4.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while seeing the floor for an average of 23 minutes per contest.

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Damian has gone down as one of the most legendary Dukes of the 21st century so far, including being named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year twice, and is so far the only player in NCAA history to post more than 250 assists, steals and blocks in his career.

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Though Saunders is a long shot to make the team, he is no stranger to adversity. He saw success at the college level despite playing out of position at center most of his career, going against players much larger than him.

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Saunders is one of seven Dukes from the 2007-2008 squad to sign a contract with a professional team.

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