Posted October 31, 2012 on AP on Fox
When high school phenom Jabari Parker revealed his list of top 10 schools, DePaul was right there alongside the powerhouses. It was a small victory for the Blue Demons, a sign that maybe - just maybe - they can play with the big boys. Can they beat them, though? Year 3 of the Oliver Purnell Era is about to begin and DePaul insists it's ready to jump out of the Big East cellar even if it was picked to finish 13th after going 12-19 overall last season and 3-15 in the conference. That the Blue Demons were in the running for Parker, the Chicago phenom, turned a few heads even if they didn't make the final round, and it raised hope that the coach is making some recruiting inroads. To that end, Purnell said, ''I think what it says to us is we've got to keep hitting that rock. We've got to continue to work and recruit the top kids in the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois to start with and then go on out from there. We've got to continue to do that. ...
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