Freshman forward Montray Clemons first self reported on his Twitter that he would require surgery for a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee. The news release states the initial diagnosis is that Clemons will be out 6-8 months. It is a tough blow considering Tony Freeland and Macari Brooks will also miss the entire 2011-12 season.
2013 guard Kahlil Felder from Detroit Pershing HS tweeted that DePaul called him. Felder is the teammate of a fellow DePaul recruit, Martez Walker. Five Star Basketball briefly mentions Felder in this review.
Reggie Rankin reported that Javontae Hawkins top 6 is now Cincinnati, South Florida, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. It is likely that DePaul backed off when receiving commitments from Marrero and Price.
The day of underclass recruits began with some Southwest Illinois Jets in 2014 guards Darius Austin, Darreon Reddick, and 2015 CJ Rivers. Austin and Reddick both walked away from DePaul with scholarship offers.
Some Illinois Wolves players then stopped by including 2015’s Jordan Ash, Glynn Watson, Roosevelt Smart, Prentiss Nixon, and 2014 Keith Bates-Diop, amongst others. Ash and Diop already hold DePaul offers.
2015 6’11 center Tyler Jackson and 2014 6’4 guard Paul Turner also visited. Turner walked away with an offer. Expect an offer to Jackson in the coming months.
2013 6’8 forward Gavin Schilling visited the DePaul campus. Schilling stock is skyrocketing since coaches have been able to come see him during De La Salle’s open practices. Schilling returned to Chicago after a year in Germany. I saw Schilling at DePaul’s team camp before he injured his wrist, and like the size, rebounding, and post game he possesses.
Under the El reported that Jodan Price dislocated his elbow during a dunk contest. Price has already begun rehabbing and should be able to return around the beginning of his senior season.
WeAreDePaul.com reported that DePaul will scrimmage the University of Wisconsin as part of the exhibition schedule. The scrimmage will be closed to the public, news media, and no scores or stats will be released. If Under the El does hear any information, I’ll be sure to share it.
The Big East announced they approved an increase in the league’s exit fee to $10 million and will pursue a 12-league football conference. New information about potential candidates seems to be coming out everyday, but repeated names include “Houston, Southern Methodist and Central Florida as targets to join the conference in all sports, with Boise State, Navy and Air Force as potential football-only invitees”.
Big East media day came amongst potential new member speculation. As expected, little news surrounding DePaul was released. The coaches picked DePaul to finish last (16th) in the league this year. Also, Cleveland Melvin was selected as part of the pre-season Honorable Mention team. The Big East media poll was also released the prior day and selected DePaul to finish 15th. DePaul will have to continue to earn respect if they want to have the type of season fans expect.
No major news to report
Sophomore forward Moses Morgan tweeted that he returned to practice after battling a minor foot sprain. It was originally thought the injury may be more serious, but his return is great news amongst a team that is dealing with injury issues.
As first found by a BlueDemonsNation poster, according to the Dayton Daily News, DePaul is in 2012 6’7 forward Deontae Hawkins from Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio’s top 5. According to the article, Hawkins plans to visit DePaul soon. He is viewed as a face up forward with length and developing skills. The quotes from Hawkins seem pretty telling of what is expecting on his visit:
“I hope to have a good time and see if I like it or not and then become a Demon, maybe,” he said. “It’s the Big East. They’ve got a good team and are playing some good teams.”
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