Before we ultimately put a lid on the 2012-13 season, Play For The Garden is evaluating the year of each member of the Big East.
Team: DePaul Blue Demons
How did their season end: did not make the postseason
Record: 11-21 overall / 2-16 in the Big East
Leading scorer: Brandon Young with 16.7 PPG
Leading rebounder: Cleveland Melvin with 6.8 RPG
The 2012-13 season for DePaul was more of what we have become used to in recent history. It was a struggle as the Blue Demons remained more or less uncompetitive throughout the season. DePaul hasn’t’ won more than three games in the Big East since 2008 when they won six. But at least they didn’t go winless in the conference like they did a few years ago.
The lone notable victory for DePaul came at Providence in early January. But the Blue Demons were able to take Notre Dame to overtime in their two meetings – losing both, though.
Despite the Blue Demons’ lack of success, they were tolerable to watch (unlike South Florida) because they played incredibly fast paced and were always very aggressive. Now this style of play proved to be unsuccessful because they were near awful on defense, but it made for some entertaining basketball.
Cleveland Melvin remained the team’s lone bright-spot, but Brandon Young’s season also deserves recognition. Young just barely edged out Melvin to lead DePaul in scoring (16.7 points per game vs. 16.6), but he took necessary steps towards becoming a better facilitating point guard. But Melvin was still the focus of opponents as he is one of the best stretch forwards in the country that no one knows about.
Final Grade: D+
Sooner or later DePaul needs to start improving and becoming competitive. Maybe the reconfiguration of the Big East will do them well and they will somehow start recruiting the Chicago area better. The 2012-13 season was another disappointment that once again saw them on the bottom of the standings. This dunk from Chane Behanan of Louisville pretty much sums up their season – dominated on a regular basis: