#100 DePaul Blue Demons: College Basketball 111 in 111

depaul blue demon

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Another college hoops season, another year where the DePaul Blue Demons are picked to finish in the cellar of the Big East.  Oliver Purnell was hoping the resurrection of the program would have been accelerated from where it now is entering year three.  Instead, DePaul has still yet to show any true growth from a team that has won just five conference games in the past four years.

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DePaul has top 25, and very Chicagocentric Recruiting Class

Oliver Purnell

DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell added to his incoming recruiting class with the signing of Charles McKinney. McKinney is a native of Chicago’s north suburbs, who played three seasons at Maine East High School before competing last year at Quality Education Academy in North Carolina.

McKinney, a 6-4 guard with a 6-8 wingspan, joins DePaul’s top 25-ranked recruiting class that includes Chicagoland signees Jamee Crockett and Macari Brooks along with Orlando native Shane Larkin and Derrell Robertson from Mississippi.

CBSSports.com affiliated MaxPreps.com ranks DePaul’s incoming class at No. 25 in the nation and seventh among the Big East’s 16 programs.

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