DEPAUL RUMORS & GOSSIP

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
16 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
16 days ago  |  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

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

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 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

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 women give up 11-point 1st-half lead

DePaul was aggressive and opportunistic for the first 19 minutes against No. 5 Kentucky. However, an early 11-point lead slipped away as the visiting Wildcats forced a halftime tie and then took command in the second half on the way to beating the Blue Demons 96-85 Thursday night. Brittany Hrynkko scored 20 points, Megan Rogowski had 19, and Megan Podkowa and Jasmine Penny added...
Via AP on Fox
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Harper, Evans get No. 5 Kentucky women past DePaul

Despite the distractions of her first visit back home, Kentucky freshman Linnae Harper still managed to be all business on Thursday. The Wildcats' reserve guard, a former Chicago high school star, scored 18 points to lead No. 5 Kentucky to a 96-85 victory over DePaul. ''I was very nervous, I hadn't been home in a few months and I was excited to be here,''...
Via AP on Fox
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Hrynko is BIG EAST preseason POY

DePaul junior forward Brittany Hrynko, last season's BIG EAST Co-Most Improved Player, has been selected 2013-14 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year by a vote of the league's head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players. Georgetown freshman forward Shayla Cooper was chosen BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year. An All-BIG EAST First Team selection...
Via Fox Sports
October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Make or break season for Oliver Purnell at DePaul?

Oliver Purnell has a long way to go to turn around DePaul basketball. And given the lack of progress he’s shown, you have to wonder how much time he really has to do that. This is year four of Oliver Purnell’s seven year deal. And in order for him to make it all the way to the end, DePaul will have to show us something much more than they have in the three year Oliver Purnell...
Via The Sports Bank
October 05, 2013  |  Discuss

DePaul star Cleveland Melvin joins fight against new arena

DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin was the team's leading rebounder this season (6.8 rpg) and his 16.6 ppg trailed team leader Brandon Young by just a tenth of a point. But his loudest statement may have come this week when he joined over 1,000 other DePaul students signing a petition protesting the school's proposed new arena. The students point to the poor timing with...
Via Run the Floor
June 07, 2013  |  Discuss

DePaul's Martin out 1-3 weeks with knee injury

DePaul guard Anna Martin will be sidelined for a few weeks with an injury to her left knee. Martin, who leads DePaul in scoring at 16.2 points, suffered the injury against Providence on Saturday. She played only six minutes in that game and had three points. The senior led the conference in scoring last season, averaging 19.1 points and DePaul coach Doug Bruno said she is expected...
Via AP on Fox
January 21, 2013  |  Discuss
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