With Damian Saunders recovering from an ankle injury and Bill Clark still dealing with a mild concussion, (Clark is expected to play on Saturday) we might be seeing more from Dukes Court's favorite bench player David Theis. Theis is a Pittsburgher who came to Duquesne from Vincentian Academy by way of Mercersburg (Pa.) Prep. I love athletes who grow up in or around the Pittsburgh area.
We all pretty much know the David Theis story by now, he tore his ACL in high school, and was forced to go to prep school to give himself a shot at a DI scholarship. I saw Theis get some minutes early this season in games against Howard and Winston-Salem State. Theis reminds me of former Pitt Panther Donatas Zavackas. Zavackas, also 6'8, was a big strong player, who didn't move too well and couldn't do anything off the dribble, but if you left him open for just a second he would nail any open shot. Theis doesn't have much speed or agility, (he is 6'8 after all) but he seems to have a nice shooting touch. If St. Francis ends up being a pushover don't be surprised to see Theis get a nice chuck of playing time.
As for Donatas Zavackas, I found this nugget on the big W:
Donatas Zavackas is most remembered by Pittsburgh fans for removing his shoes and refusing to play in the waning minutes of an NCAA Tournament game. That game, versus Marquette, would be his last career college game.
Somehow I don't think that would fly on a Ron Everhart team, but maybe that is just me?
Former Pitt player Donatas Zavackas has continued his career overseas, he is currently playing for BC Šiauliai in Lithuania. Duquesne fans could care less.