DePaul’s New Basketball Arena Is Coming

We have heard it for almost 2 years: The new arena for DePaul is coming. But nothing has happened. It’s been all talk and no action on breaking ground. That is, until today. DePaul officials said today that the arena will be on track for breaking ground this winter. This is the first time anyone has heard of a set time for starting the construction. Having this winter set for...
Via Sports Mockery
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini football approaching DePaul basketball in lack of visibility

Don’t let the 3-1 record fool you. A win over two mid-majors (one that’s only been in FBS for three years) and a lowly FCS team doesn’t resolve anything. Last year’s Illini football team went 3-1 in the non-conference, in a much more impressive manner than this year, and yet still ended up a train wreck in league play. Looking at the 2014 Illini football winning percentage...
Via The Sports Bank
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Clinton Christian forward Develle Phillips chooses DePaul

Clinton Christian’s Develle Phillips committed to play basketball at DePaul on Sunday, capping his first official visit with a pledge to Blue Demons Coach Oliver Purnell. The 6-foot-8 senior forward also held strong interest from Clemson, Cincinnati, Georgia, Kansas State, South Carolina, Towson and West Virginia but chose to become DePaul’s first commit in the 2015 class because...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul’s Charles McKinney Dismissed For Team Violation

DePaul Blue Demons senior guard Charles McKinney has been dismissed from the basketball program Wednesday. It’s possible that the senior guard could have started alongside the Blue Demons’ best player, Billy Garrett Jr. No word on what the violation was, but McKinney is out regardless. Charles McKinney has been dismissed from the #DePaul men's basketball team for a violation...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Demons Being Exorcised? A New Era for DePaul

For those who forgot, there’s a Division I college hoops program with a strong history that still plays on the north side. It’s been seven years since DePaul men’s basketball has had any semblance of success, but in the words of the great Sam Cooke, a change is gonna come. And it won’t be the $173 million arena that deserves credit. The main reasons are a Morgan Park kid...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul loses 3-star recruit Raymond Doby

DePaul’s 2014-15 roster took a hit Wednesday with three-star recruit Raymond Doby choosing to reclassify and instead enroll in prep school, initially reported by The Saint Louis native will attend St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy this season. Doby, ranked the fifth-best recruit in Missouri by, is the fifth recruit in four years under Oliver Purnell...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul Women’s Hoops Non-Conf. Slate Released

CHICAGO – Coming off a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 a season ago, DePaul women’s basketball coach Doug Bruno announced his team’s 2014-15 non-conference schedule on Thursday. The Blue Demons open their season against Texas A&M while contests against Notre Dame and Connecticut highlight DePaul’s difficult non-conference slate.
August 05, 2014  |  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 ...
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March 30, 2014  |  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.
March 30, 2014  |  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.
March 13, 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...
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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...
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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...
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March 02, 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.
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.
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,...
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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...
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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...
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February 11, 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...
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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.
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.
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.
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

DePaul rewind: Demons can build on early success

With its 77-75 victory Tuesday over St. John’s, DePaul earned its first Big East win streak since 2008. As coach Oliver Purnell said, it’s not exactly a milestone, but there are some reasons for optimism the Blue Demons could use to carry forward the rest of the season. Here were some keys to their victory: 1. Billy Garrett Jr. played an efficient, effective game. His stat...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul basketball might be .500 in conference this year

Don’t look now but DePaul basketball (10-8, 2-3) could be .500 in conference play this college basketball season. They won back to back Big East conference games for the first time since 2008 tonight. The Blue Demons beat Steve Lavin and St. John’s (9-7, 0-4) at All State Arena. This DePaul basketball team has been in every conference game they’ve played this year. Doug McDermott...
Via The Sports Bank
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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