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A Seat in the Bleachers: Duell gave Saints a leg up

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The biggest guy on the team was the easiest to overlook last Sunday. The beauty of Josh Duell is how easily he fit in with the herd of gazelle surrounding him. The shame of it all was how difficult a time he had staying out of the training room and on the floor this season. Duell, a Scotia native and Christian Brothers Academy graduate who’s been the only Capital Region player on the Siena basketball ...

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March 30, 2009
11:19 a.m.

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I loved him as a player, but I question how fit he was over the last year. To me, he looked a bit soft and overweight. Perhaps had he been a nit thinner, might he have stayed out of the training room.

Am I wrong here? Would love to get a response on this one.

April 1, 2009
8:42 p.m.

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He WAS out of shape, especially at the beginning of the season, when he couldn't do anything for almost a month of the preseason. He would be the first to admit that, and Fran McCaffery said as much after Old Spice, that he tried to get what he could out of Josh, but he just didn't have it and didn't belong out there. He had a hard time keeping weight off during all that idle time.

His second injury, the knee, occurred just as he had gotten into game shape off the first injury. This time, because of the nature of the injury, he was able to do more off the court to maintain whatever fitness he had, but still, his whole season was so stop-and-start that it was difficult for a big guy like him to stay 100 percent in shape.

He knew this was his last season and treated his various rehab/training accordingly. It just wasn't meant to be. He was playing catch-up pretty much all year.