PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Duquesne head coach Keith Dambrot confirms that guard Sincere Carry, once a building block for the program, is in the transfer portal as one of three players who recently left the program.
“I think Sincere is straight unhappiness,” Dambrot said. “Is just not very happy. We all choose to be happy or unhappy. When you are on the 50 yard line you can go to work and you can be happy or you can go to work and be unhappy. We all control our own happiness to some extent. I know I’m on that crossroad a bunch.”
“He just wasn’t very happy for a long period of time. If you are that unhappy you have to make a change or you have to fight through it.”
A pre-season All-Atlantic 10 selection, Carry had started all five of the team’s games this year with the lowest stats across the board of his career shooting just 37% field goals, 52% free throws and averaging just nine points a game.
His first two years with the Dukes, Carry started every one of his 58 games averaging 12 points, 5 and a half assists, while shooting nearly 42% from the floor and 73% free throws.
“Ultimately it can’t be playing time and it can’t be roll for him,” Dambrot said. “He basically had keys to the car and could do anything he wanted for the most part. It must be unhappiness with me or the team or the circumstances.”
Dambrot says he believes Carry will end up at a MAC school and the loss will hurt his current team on several levels and force them to be more of a defensive team.
Kennedy Catholic guard Maceo Austin is just figuring out a few things and Dambrot expects him back at some point with the Dukes.
“If I lose because I’m compassionate, that’s fine,” Dambrot said. “I’m good with that. I’m not changing on that. I like Maceo Austin. I think he’s a sweetheart. I think he’s been through some tough times that no young person should have to go through.”
Guard Lamar Norman will transfer, like Carry, but Norman more because he wanted a bigger role. The 62 year-old Duquesne coach then went a little pop culture, referring to a tweet from an award-winning actor.
“We got hit in the mouth pretty good,” Dambrot said of his 3-3 team. “Thank goodness we have pretty good depth and are capable of surviving it. I really believe that. It’s not going to be easy. The circumstances make it more difficult. I believe in the guys we have in the locker room. I believe we can win.”
It’ won’t be easy indeed, traveling to Dayton where it is always hard to win. They go by bus on Wednesday and they off to New York and playing at St.
Bonaventure on Friday. Where they will face old RMU head coach Mark Schmidt, one of the most underrated coaches in America.