Oliver Purnell’s DePaul Stint Begins with Begins by Blowing Out Chicago State

oliver purnell

The first game of the Oliver Purnell era at DePaul will be described in the college basketball history books as perhaps: sloppy, uneven, foul-heavy, fast-paced, high-scoring and extremely high-energy.

DePaul beat Chicago State beat 114-81 in their opener, an excellent redemption after an embarrassing loss in their lone exhibition versus Lewis.

“It’s only the first game so I don’t want to get all that excited for it. The freshmen are all excited because it’s their first college win, and I’m happy for them but we still need to grind it out all season,” said Demons leading returning scorer Mike Stovall.

Given the fast pace of this game, I half-expected Kyle Lee Watson to get into a fist-fight with Birdie at some point.

(The shootout championship in “Above the Rim”…did that film reference not work? Should I have said Duane Martin vs. Tupac Shakur? Anyway that fictional basketball game is the only game of hoops I’ve seen which moved as fast as this one)

By Paul M. Banks

[Read more…]

Mike Stovall should be DePaul’s Main Scoring Weapon this Season

mike stovall

Mark it down: DePaul is 1-0 on the season.

Oliver Purnell began the post-Clemson era of his career with a 114-81 blow out of Chicago State Sunday night at McGrath Arena. This college basketball version of a track meet was about as fun to watch as pretty much any game I’ll see this year.

Even though the pace of the game resembled the MTV Rock ‘n’ Jock basketball contest and the final score indicative of three quarters of a Phoenix Suns-Golden St. Warriors NBA game, don’t think DePaul’s offensive issues are exactly solved.

The team’s leading returning scorer is Mike Stovall, a 6-4 “three” from right here in “The Chi.” He averaged just 7 points per game last season, but broke out for 30 versus Providence on January 14th of last year. In the opener, nine Blue Demons reached double-figures, Tony Freeland leading the way with 21.

But Stovall was right there with 19, and he also led the team in scoring in the exhibition.

By Paul M. Banks

[Read more…]