Feb 13, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; DePaul Blue Demons forward Cleveland Melvin (12) dunks in front of Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Jack Cooley (45) in the second half at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 82-78 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

DePaul Blue Demons 2013-14 Roster


 

Who is gone:

Worrel Clahar – expired eligibility – 25.8 MPG, 7.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.3 SPG

Donnavan Kirk – transfer – 25.5 MPG, 6.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG

Moses Morgan – transfer – 18.9 MPG, 5.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG

Derrell Robertson Jr – transfer – 13.0 MPG, 1.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG

Montray Clemons – transfer – 5.0 MPG, 1.3 PPG, 1.1 RPG

Jordan Price – transfer – 2.4 MPG

It’s difficult to build a successful program with so much turnover, but winning only 7 conference games in the last 4 years will cause such actions.

Kirk and Robertson were expected to be the foundation of the paint for the next couple of years, but that didn’t go as planned.  Things also haven’t gone according to plan so far in Clemons’ career who first tore up his knee at Midnight Madness two years ago, and then contributed very little last year when he was expected to provide defensive depth down low.  Two other forwards, Morgan and Price, both taller than 6-foot-6, have also opted to leave DePaul.

Clahar, who graduated in the spring, was an effective player last year and will be missed.  But it’ll be some time before I ever forget about Worrel as he provided the best highlight of the 2012-13 DePaul Blue Demon season:

Ouch

 

Who is back:

Brandon Young – guard – 31.5 MPG, 16.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.5 SPG

Cleveland Melvin – forward – 31.1 MPG, 16.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG

Jamee Crockett – forward – 22.9 MPG, 8.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.3 APG

Charles McKinney – guard – 20.0 MPG, 5.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.1 SPG

Durrell McDonald – guard – 11.1 MPG, 2.9 PPG

Edwind McGhee – guard – 6.0 MPG, 1.1 RPG

 

The duo of Melvin and Young is a solid foundation, but that hasn’t translated to the win column the last few years.  Melvin really is one of the better players in the country that goes unnoticed given the team he plays on.  Maybe his senior year is the year he finally gains the recognition he deserves.

If that’s going to happen he will need some help around him, which has been the same story for years.  For that to happen, this team needs to get better at shooting the basketball.  Yeah, these guys can run the floor and play fast, but their jump shots are atrocious.  Crockett and McDonald need to step up and be the versatile shooters that they are capable of being.

 

New-comers:

DeJuan Marrero:  6-foot-5 Forward

Sat out last season after being ruled ineligible

ESPN 3-star recruit

Rivals.com 3-star recruit

Billy Garrett, Jr.:  6-foot-5 Point Guard

ESPN’s 94th ranked recruit and 23rd ranked PG

Rivals.com’s 99th ranked recruit and 22nd ranked PG

R.J. Curington:  6-foot-4 Shooting Guard

ESPN 3-star recruit and 41st ranked SG

Rivals.com 3-star recruit

Tommy Hamilton, Jr.:  6-foot-10 Center

ESPN 2-star recruit and 29th ranked C

Rivals.com 3-star recruit

Forrest Robinson:  6-foot-10 Forward

Rivals.com 3-star recruit

Greg Sequele:  6-foot-9 Power Forward

Rivals.com 4-star recruit

 

Probable starting lineup:

Billy Garrett Jr, PG

Brandon Young, G

Cleveland Melvin, F

Jamee Crockett, F

Tommy Hamilton Jr, C

 

Outlook:

For the last couple of years it seemed as if the talent was improving at DePaul.  And there always seemed to be reasonable depth.  But the results never changed.  They have simply been abysmal.

Potential and expectations are good and all, but wins are better.  If this team is to improve it has to start by learning to play defense.  Coach Purnell has this team playing fast and with energy, but something needs to be done on the defensive end.  They haven’t stopped anyone for years.

Melvin and Young return for their senior seasons and they will provide one of the better one-two punches in the Big East.  But others need to step up to make the offense more dynamic and efficient.  Some might say this is the year this team finally rises out of the gutter, but anything but a last place finish will be a surprise to me.  There have been too many years of the same consistent terribleness and until I see otherwise, I expect it to continue.

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