DePaul’s Freshmen Trio a Bright Spot in Purnell’s 1st Season


In the narrow three point loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats Tuesday night, the DePaul Blue Demons saw their three freshmen combine for 49 of their 68 points. It was the first game this college basketball season in which all three rookies played very well at the same time.

And it’s certainly a bright spot in an otherwise dark season, as once Oliver Purnell gets his own guys in his up-and-down system, things will certainly improve. Jerry Wainwright’s players can’t play Purnell’s tempo, and once they’re gone, the Demons will have a team that will be able to close out big deficits and start winning.

They’ve playing a lot better lately, but they haven’t been able to close out anyone because they fall too far behind. With a trio of talented freshmen, and the recruits Purnell is bringing in next year, DePaul will be able to start winning Big East games again next year.

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

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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

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DePaul Adds 5 More to The Mix, Recruits with Chicago Roots


When he was hired in April, DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell described his college basketball recruiting philosophy as starting from the inside and working out. He followed through on the philosophy in his first full recruiting class with a group rooted in Chicago and stretching north of the border to Canada and south to the Gulf of Mexico.

Braeden Anderson, Macari Brooks, Jamee Crockett, Shane Larkin and Derrell Robertson each signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday and head to Lincoln Park starting next season. The five signees cover each position on the floor and all five are described as explosive athletes that will thrive in Purnell’s signature “high pressure defense, high pressure offense” system.

The class features five players that can play a multiple positions. Brooks and Crockett head north from Chicago’s south suburbs while Anderson, a native of Canada, joins Larkin from Orlando, Fla., and Robertson from Mendenhall, Miss.

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DePaul Tip-Off Luncheon Ushers in New Era

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Make no mistake, these are not the DePaul Blue Demons of Rod Strickland, Mark Acquirre and Ray Meyer. However, they are also not the Demons you’ve gotten used to seeing lose by 30 night in and night out for the past few years. With the hire of Oliver Purnell away from Clemson, the Demons now have a reclamation project guru in Lincoln Park.

And that’s exactly what they need in a new head coach. Purnell has revitalized programs everywhere he’s been: Clemson, Dayton, Radford, Old Dominion. You might not see a lot of noticeable progess this year, but trust me it’s coming.

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Oliver Purnell Takes DePaul Job

by Peter Christian

Oliver Purnell will cast aside his orange blazer and don something much more muted as the new head coach of the DePaul Blue Demons basketball team. The former Clemson coach was announced as the DePaul chief this morning and it came a bit as a surprise to those who have followed the DePaul situation closely.

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