6’5 Garwey Dual Punches 18YO NCAA Star in Nasty Scuffle

Published 11/18/2023, 1:15 AM EST

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It was a first vicious fight between two NCAA teams in the ongoing season. The match was being played between Providence and Kansas State at a neutral site in Nassau, Bahamas, as part of the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship’s opening round. The Wildcats won 73-70 and following that, a heated altercation between the two teams resulted in Providence’s Garwey Dual and Kansas State’s Dai Dai Ames being ejected during overtime after trading blows.

Over the past year, Dual has quickly gained prominence. The 6’5 four-star prospect demonstrated his progress by playing for the World Team and attending the Nike Hoop Summit. He will be playing alongside another NBA prospect, Bryce Hopkins, at Providence this season, which raises high expectations for him. But things went upside down during the last seconds of overtime with the Kansas match.

An unexpected brawl


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Dual knocked Ames backward toward the sideline while he was guarding him. Providence head coach Kim English tried to diffuse the situation by putting his arms around Ames and shoving assistant coach Nate Tomlinson away from Dual.

To describe the brawl, Dual reacted by using his right forearm to push Ames away. Although Ames took a few steps backward, he continued to stand and initiated contact again by pushing Dual away with his right forearm while seemingly poking Dual in the face with his left hand.


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Dual leaned forward momentarily and covered his face with his hand. Then he stood up, approached Ames, and swung a right hand at him. Ames stumbled once again but continued to stand. The altercation was swiftly broken up since it took place close to the Providence bench.

Both players were removed from the game immediately due to their involvement in the conflict.


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Does the brawl affect the reputation of Garwey Dual?

Dual is a combo guard with a great combination of length and speed. He prioritizes scoring goals, despite the fact that he is at his best when he has the ball in his hands.

His decision-making abilities and willingness to make the correct plays will be critical if he wants to play lead guard full-time.


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However, the recent brawl may have harmed his reputation, and he will be allowed to continue playing only if he can control his wrath and keep emotions away. His scoring ability would suffer greatly if suspended on a regular basis.


Written by:

Nima Murugan


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Nima Murugan is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. With a Master's in English Literature, she provides detailed analysis of the games. Nima developed an interest in the NBA after witnessing the greatness of LeBron James and she continues to support the Los Angeles Lakers with passion.
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Bilal Handoo