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DePaul signs JUCO transfer Aaron Simpson

  Photo: Crystal Wurth DePaul added a second junior college transfer to its incoming recruiting class with Lincoln College point guard Aaron Simpson signing his letter of intent, the school announced Thursday. Simpson, a Chicago native, averaged 20.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists at Lincoln College last season. As a senior in high school, he finished third in Illinois Mr...
Via The Catch and Shoot
1 day ago  |  Discuss

COMMIT: JUCO PG Aaron Simpson to DePaul

Just a day after news broke that the DePaul Blue Demons lost an incoming combo guard recruit in Jon Davis, DePaul landed his replacement in junior college guard Aaron Simpson. Simpson, a native of North Chicago, pledged to Detroit just over a week ago, but has apparently switched to DePaul. Simpson was originally headed to Illinois State out ...
Via Hoopniks
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Demons land juco guard

No college program likes a decommitment, and they especially dislike them in the spring of a prospect's senior year. Guard Jon Davis signed with DePaul last fall but recently asked for his release and will re-classify to the 2015 class.
Via scouthoops.scout.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Juco Guard Picks DePaul

In one weekend, the DePaul Blue Demons had one 2014 guard reclassify to 2015 and picked up a new commitment from a 2014 juco guard who is originally from Chicago. Learn all about the happenings and hear from the newest member of the Blue Demons in this report.
Via depaul.scout.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

DePaul Stuns Georgetown

With the stench from perhaps DePaul’s worst loss of the season last week against Butler fresh on their minds, the Blue Demons would not let apathy set in during their Big East first-round game against Georgetown at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.
Via depaul.scout.com
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul basketball drew only 30,000 fans this season; Relegate them?

To say that DePaul basketball is in its worst state since, well ever would be a huge understatement. Even though DePaul basketball Coach Oliver Purnell has gone 9-63 in the Big East during his four years at the school, he is being retained for the fifth year of his seven season contract. As pathetic as that winning percentage in the teens is, wait till you see the attendance figures...
Via The Sports Bank
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul standing by Oliver Purnell — for now

The contract DePaul gave basketball coach Oliver Purnell in 2010 is binding the school to him for now, despite three 20-loss seasons, but that may change if the program continues to fail. Athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto said the contract, worth approximately $15 million over seven years, is not the only reason the school is retaining Purnell. She said the deal was based on...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

By retaining Oliver Purnell, DePaul admits diminished expectations

Oliver Purnell has won everywhere he’s been; except for DePaul. It’s very mysterious why that is, but after four seasons in Lincoln Park, Purnell has shown zero progress. Regress is the only movement DePaul basketball has seen under the Coach hired away from Clemson. It’s hard to understand why there is so little local media chatter right now about Oliver Purnell not being...
Via The Sports Bank
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul star freshman Billy Garrett Jr. thrives in defiance of his disease

Billy Garrett Jr., by all guesses the nation’s only college basketball player with sickle cell disease, can recount in detail each painful crisis triggered by his condition. There was the dehydration during a summer camp in a broiling gym that left him in need of a blood transfusion. There was a less serious episode during his freshman year at Morgan Park High School, after his...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Butler Spoils DePaul’s Senior Night

Butler exacted some revenge on the Blue Demons on Thursday night and ruined DePaul’s senior night by defeating the Blue Demons 79-46 at Allstate Arena.
Via depaul.scout.com
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John’s NCAA Tournament Bubble profile and analysis

When St. John’s fell at DePaul on January 14th, it was the turning point for both teams. With the victory, the Blue Demons became 2-3 in the Big East and looked to be flirting with mediocrity. They have just one victory since and instead reverted back to what they’ve always been under Oliver Purnell- the laughingstock of the league. Think Illini football in the Tim Beckman era...
Via The Sports Bank
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

WeAreDePaul Radio: DePaul Women’s Hoops

This episode of WeAreDePaul Radio features WeAreDePaul.com’s Jim Niendorff as he joins Eli Hershkovich of Blue Demon Weekly on Radio DePaul to talk about DePaul coach Doug Bruno and his Blue Demons women’s basketball team.
Via depaul.scout.com
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John’s very definition of NCAA Tournament Bubble team

When St. John’s fell at DePaul on January 14th, it was the turning point for both teams. With the victory, the Blue Demons became 2-3 in the Big East and looked to be flirting with mediocrity. They haven’t won since and instead reverted back to what they’ve always been under Oliver Purnell- the laughingstock of the league. St. John’s fell to 0-5 in league play with that defeat...
Via The Sports Bank
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul Basketball: time for serious re-evaluation at all levels

At the 2013-14 DePaul basketball pre-season luncheon, DPU Coach Oliver Purnell boldly said that the very realistic goal for this year was making the NCAA Tournament. When I tweeted that, it was met by condescending laughter from the Twitterverse. But hey, it’s September and there’s nothing wrong with a Coach wanting to be optimistic. Then DePaul basketball radio announcer Zach...
Via The Sports Bank
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Friars Roll Over DePaul, 84-61

Providence College snapped a damaging three game losing streak with an 84-61 rout over the DePaul Blue Demons on a snowy Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Friars improve to 17-9 overall and 7-6 in the Big East.
Via providence.scout.com
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Providence Runs Past DePaul 84-61

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence head coach Ed Cooley admits the preparation leading up to Saturday's game against DePaul centered more on his own team rather than what the Blue Demons were capable of doing.
Via depaul.scout.com
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Your DePaul, Cleveland Melvin News Update

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,...
Via The Sports Bank
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Melvin no longer enrolled at DePaul

DePaul's leading scorer, Cleveland Melvin, hasn't played since scoring 25 points in a loss to Xavier on January 25. On Monday night, the school announced that Melvin was no longer enrolled at the school and was not a member of the basketball team anymore. The college career for Melvin, a 6-foot-8 senior from Baltimore, is over. When focused, Melvin was one of the most...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul kicks best player, Cleveland Melvin, off the team

DePaul Senior Cleveland Melvin went out in the worst possible way. He was kicked out of school and off the team. It’s a very disappointing end for the 2010-11 Big East Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. We still don’t know what Cleveland Melvin did to get booted. We heard a lot of rumors and gossip, but nothing concrete. We’re working on finding out what the straw was that broke...
Via The Sports Bank
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Melvin no longer with the DePaul basketball program

DePaul star forward Cleveland Melvin is no longer enrolled in school or part of the basketball program.The school announced the split with the senior on Monday after suspending him last month for violating team rules.Melvin ranks among the Blue Demons' career leaders in scoring, scoring average, rebounding, field goals, blocked shots and free throws. He was the 2011 Big East...
Via Just Sports And Just Us
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul says Melvin no longer enrolled

DePaul star forward Cleveland Melvin is no longer enrolled in school or part of the basketball program. The school announced the split with the senior on Monday after suspending him last month for violating team rules. Melvin ranks among the Blue Demons' career leaders in scoring, scoring average, rebounding, field goals, blocked shots and free throws. He was the 2011 Big East...
Via AP on Fox
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Melvin Dismissed from DePaul

CHICAGO – DePaul senior forward Cleveland Melvin is no longer enrolled at DePaul University, and therefore no longer part of the DePaul basketball program, the school announced this afternoon. Melvin was suspended for a violation of team rules on January 25th.
Via depaul.scout.com
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Penny’s 21 Helps DePaul Dash Creighton

CHICAGO - DePaul’s Jasmine Penny got the hook early Sunday, but she helped the Blue Demons finish with a knockout blow.
Via depaul.scout.com
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Friars Record Crucial Road Win Over DePaul

With NCAA aspirations becoming more realistic by the day the Providence Friars arrived to Chicago for a must-win Saturday matchup against the DePaul Blue Demons. The Friars started the game strong but as fatigue took hold and DePaul narrowed the gap it looked like a two-game road trip could yield two losses. The Friars held on to keep their tournament hopes alive, defeating the Blue Demons 77-72.
Via providence.scout.com
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Should DePaul Cut Ties With Oliver Purnell?

The DePaul Blue Demons have an overall record of 10-11 and are 2-6 in Big East play. The slight improvement fans saw, after wins against Butler and St. John’s, has diminished. Has head coach Oliver Purnell’s opportunity at DePaul slammed shut? The former Clemson coach has had some positives while with the Blue Demons. Recruiting Billy Garrett Jr. might have been because his father...
Via The Sports Bank
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

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