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Niagara gets big commitment from Southern Cal transfer

Niagara University got a commitment Friday from a big-credentialed guard from the University of Southern California.

Kahlil Dukes, who saw minimal playing time with the Trojans the past two seasons, gave Niagara an oral commitment, he announced on his Twitter page.

Dukes is a Hartford, Conn., native who scored 2,228 points in his high school career. Landing a player from the Pac 12 Conference is a coup for any Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school.

Dukes, 6-foot and 170 pounds, averaged 2.7 points in 19 games as a freshman at Southern Cal and 2.1 points in 20 games as a sophomore this year. He scored a career-best 18 points in 29 minutes in a loss to Arizona State in February. That was one of only two games in which he played more than 12 minutes last season. He will have to sit out the coming academic year.

Presuming Dukes' transfer becomes official, Niagara now has added seven recruits. Seven players transferred out. That brings the scholarship roster to 12 players.

Dukes averaged 23.9 points, 3.9 assists and 3.0 steals a game as a high school senior in leading Capital Prep Magnet School to a 22-3 record. He was a prolific shooter his entire high school career. He averaged 32 points a game over his first five games as a prep freshman.

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