Your DePaul, Cleveland Melvin News Update

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DePaul Senior Cleveland Melvin went out in the worst possible way. He was the Big East rookie of the year as a freshman, and had a decent shot of finishing up second to Mark Acguirre as DPU’s second leading scorer. Instead he’s kicked out of school and off the team? Maybe he left by his own accord? We still don’t know. DePaul’s communications about Cleveland Melvin were, quoting Fletch

“we’re in a bit of grey area. How grey? Charcoal.”

 

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All-Big East Teams Selected, ND’s Hansbrough Only Unanimous Pick

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The strongest college basketball conference in America named it’s best today. Six players were named to the All-BIG EAST First Team. The BIG EAST Player of the Year will come from that group. The conference will announce Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Tuesday, March 8.

ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 172, Bronx, N.Y.
Austin Freeman, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-3.5, 227, Mitchellville, Md.
*Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame, G, Sr., 6-3, 206, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, Jr., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Marshon Brooks, Providence, G-F, Sr., 6-5, 200, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Dwight Hardy, St. John’s, G, Sr., 6-2, 195, Bronx, N.Y.

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DePaul Loses Cleveland Melvin for the Season

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DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell announced today that freshman Cleveland Melvin will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season with a left thumb sprain. Melvin injured the thumb in DePaul’s game at St. John’s on Feb. 23 and missed Saturday’s game against USF.

Melvin, a BIG EAST Rookie of the Year candidate, leads the Blue Demons and all BIG EAST freshmen with 14.3 points per game this season. In BIG EAST play, the Baltimore native has been ranked in the league’s top 10 all season with his scoring average of 17.4 points per outing. Melvin has recorded 19 games in double-figures this season and eight games of at least 20 points.

Included among his top performances are a 25-point, 12-rebound double-double against No. 10/9 Connecticut on Jan. 15 and a 29-point, seven-rebound outing at #9/9 Georgetown on Jan. 1. The four-time BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honoree has also totaled 40 blocked shots this season to rank 16th on DePaul’s season blocked shots list and has 11 games with multiple blocked shots.

In BIG EAST games only, Melvin is ranked in the top 15 in offensive rebounding (third – 3.33 orpg), scoring (sixth – 17.4 ppg), field goal percentage (ninth – .511), blocked shots (12th – 1.33 bpg) and rebounding (15th – 6.3 rpg).

There was some good news however:

Brandon Young picked up the slack with a 23-point outing against the Bulls and was rewarded Monday morning with his second BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honor this season. Young and Melvin have combined to earn the honor six times in 15 weeks during the 2010-11 campaign.

 

Since the start of the 2005-06 season that followed expansion of the BIG EAST, DePaul is the third team with six or more Rookie of the Week winners. The 2005-06 Marquette team totaled seven winners while Syracuse had six honorees during the 2007-08 season. The final 2010-11 Rookie of Week will be announced next Monday.

Young scored 23 points against the Bulls on Saturday on 10-of-17 shooting from the field. It was his third game with 20 or more points and he registered a conference-scoring high with the 23 points.

For the week, the Baltimore native averaged 14.0 points and 2.5 assists. Young totaled five points with three assists and two steals at St. John’s on Wednesday.

DePaul’s Cleveland Melvin Emerging as one of Big East’s Top Freshman

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For the third time in four weeks, DePaul freshman forward Cleveland Melvin was named Rookie of the Week by the BIG EAST Conference. Melvin is the first Blue Demons to pick up the honor three times in a season.

Melvin averaged an impressive 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in games against Seton Hall and Connecticut last week. He opened the week with 21 points, nine rebounds and two assists against the Pirates before registering his first career double-double with 25 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against the Huskies.

In addition to becoming the first DePaul player to earn BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors, Melvin is also the only Blue Demon to pick up the award in back-to-back weeks. He was also named the top newcomer on Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.

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