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After trending toward committing to Division III Hampden-Sydney College since late last year, Williamsburg Christian Academy senior boys basketball player Mike Duncan decided to make it official in January.
Duncan, a 6-foot-2 guard who averages 8.7 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Eagles, has strong family ties to Hampden-Sydney. Duncan’s father graduated from the school and his brother, Jake, is a junior on the Hampden-Sydney basketball team.
Additionally, he also grew up attending Hampden-Sydney football games and chatting with friends of his father, most of whom were alumni of the school.
The family ties are “cool” to Duncan, but were not key reasons in his decision to commit to Hampden-Sydney. For Duncan, receiving a quality education from the college, being able to play basketball and gaining lifetime connections were the main reasons he chose to attend Hampden-Sydney.
“It’s a true brotherhood up there,” Duncan said of Hampden-Sydney. “They look out for each other. The connections you have out of college are great.”
Committing to college early was preferable for Duncan, who said he did not particularly enjoy the stress that comes with a college recruitment. And after having Hampden-Sydney on the top of his list for a while, Duncan decided it was time to put an end to his recruitment and “stop worrying” about where he wanted to go.
“I was ready to chill,” he joked. “I figured, why not commit and focus on the rest of my senior year.”
On Jan. 12, Duncan placed a call to Hampden-Sydney Basketball Coach Dee Vick and told him about his desire to commit to the Tigers. Duncan’s commitment caught Vick off guard because Duncan had yet to take an official visit to the school, but he was excited to receive the news nonetheless.
Duncan said he projects to play point guard at Hampden-Sydney, which is losing its senior point guard heading into next season. And while Duncan does not expect to start or see significant playing time as a freshman, he expects to be a good fit in the program’s offensive and defensive systems.