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Duquesne Basketball: T.J. McConnell To Transfer, According To Reports

The Duquesne Dukes suffered a major blow Tuesday night when Mike White of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that sophomore guard T.J. McConnell is transferring.

This came after news earlier in the day that fellow sophomore guard Mike Talley and freshman guard Danny Herrera were also leaving.

The move is a puzzling one to say the least. McConnell signed with Duquesne while he was just a sophomore in high school. He has been the heart and soul of an undersized Dukes team both years he has played and had become a fan favorite with his knack for making big plays.

McConnell did not comment on leaving, but his father told the P-G that he is very grateful for the opportunity he was given on The Bluff.

"He loves Ron Everhart and we can't say enough good things about him. This has nothing to do with coach Everhart or the Duquesne administration, or the university. It's a great school. T.J. just feels like he would like to try and play at a higher level."

McConnell will finish the spring semester at Duquesne before moving on.

For more updates on this story, stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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