DePaul Rumors & News

  • Jenkins shoots No. 3 Villanova past Depaul

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova junior forward Kris Jenkins is selfish. That's by design. "He don't pass," Wildcats head coach Jay Wright said with a laugh. "Bottom line. He doesn't -- but we don't want him to." Not when the 6-foot-6, 240-pound wing forward is shooting the way he's..." March 01

  • DePaul snags 3-star guard Devin Gage

    Big East Coast Bias "Dave Leitao is targeting the Chicago Public League with his latest commit, 2016 3-star guard Devin Gage. The 6-foot-2 point guard is DePaul's first commitment of 2015, choosing the Blue Demons over Bradley, UIC and Toledo. The athletic guard has good playmaker skills and attacking the rim, and..." June 23

  • Durrell McDonald of DePaul men’s basketball to transfer

    The DePaulia "DePaul men’s basketball will lose two players for the 2015-16 season, the team announced Friday. Durrell McDonald, who would have played his senior season for the Blue Demons, has been granted his request to transfer away from DePaul and Ray Doby has been given a release from his national..." April 27

  • DePaul evaluating Dave Leitao

    ESPN "The DePaul Blue Demons have interviewed Tulsa Golden Hurricane assistant coach Dave Leitao and are seriously considering hiring back the former head coach, multiple sources told ESPN. Leitao was the Blue Demons' coach for three seasons from 2002 to '05. He took DePaul to one NCAA tournament, a..." March 29

  • Bobby Hurley reportedly front-runner for DePaul job

    Larry Brown Sports "Bobby Hurley has only been a college basketball head coach for two seasons, but that may be enough to convince a big program to hire him. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Hurley is the front-runner for the DePaul job. DePaul is looking for a new head coach after firing Oliver Purnell two..." March 25

  • Oliver Purnell resigns at DePaul

    ESPN "DePaul has parted ways with coach Oliver Purnell after five seasons. Purnell, 61, had his best season with the Blue Demons in 2014-15, going 12-20 and 6-12 in the Big East, but it was not enough to save his job as he lost his final eight games. Purnell finished 54-105 at DePaul, including a..." March 15

  • Three-star 2015 shooting guard verbally commits to DePaul

    College Basketball Talk "With three players, led by forward Oumar Barry, having signed with the program during the early signing period in November, DePaul added a fourth player to its 2015 recruiting class Wednesday afternoon. 6-foot-6 shooting guard Eli Cain, formerly a Delaware commit, announced via Twitter that..." March 12

  • DePaul forward Rashaun Stimage out 8-10 weeks with foot injury

    The DePaulia "DePaul forward Rashuan Stimage will be out 8-10 weeks after suffering a fracture in his left foot in Saturday’s “Blue-White” inter-squad scrimmage. Stimage, a junior, said he has a “Jones fracture,” which is a broken bone at the base of the small toe — the same injury that Oklahoma City Thunder..." October 28

  • Clinton Christian forward Develle Phillips chooses DePaul

    Washington Post "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,..." September 16

  • DePaul’s Purnell loses fifth recruit that signed letter of intent

    College Basketball Talk "Raymond Doby will not be attending DePaul this year, has confirmed through a source. The 6-foot-7 forward and three-star recruit that spent this past season playing at Montrose Christian (Md.) will instead be reclassifying and heading to prep school at St. John’s Northwestern..." August 28

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Creighton 84, DePaul 62

    ProSportsDaily "Doug McDermott scored 27 of his 35 points during a record-setting first half as the Bluejays rolled over the Blue Demons in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament in New York City. McDermott nearly outscored DePaul in the first half, shooting 10-of-14 - including 7-of-9 from 3-point range..." March 14

  • Teams are different, but Big East passion remains

    New York Post "It’s called the “Fu Effect,” named for the impact Seton Hall senior forward Fuquan Edwin can have on a game. It could be bouncing around during pregame warm-ups to get himself and his teammates amped. Or it could be something like he did Wednesday night against Butler in the first round of the Big..." March 13

  • DePaul 60, Georgetown 56

    ProSportsDaily "Forrest Robinson made four 3-pointers en route to 14 points as the Blue Demons defeated the Hoyas in the opening round of the Big East tournament. DePaul (12-20) had not defeated Georgetown (17-14) in any of the last 14 meetings between the schools and entered this matchup having lost 12 of its..." March 13

  • DePaul surprises Georgetown 60-56 at Big East tournament

    Chicago Sun-Times "In his first Big East tournament game, Billy Garrett Jr. showed off the poise and playmaking that made him the conference’s rookie of the year. The freshman point guard scored 17 points, including the clinching free throws, and DePaul surprised Georgetown 60-56 on Wednesday night for only its..." March 13

  • DePaul standing by Oliver Purnell — for now

    Chicago Sun-Times "The contract DePaul gave basketball coach Oliver Purnell in 2010 is binding the school to him for now, despite three 20-loss seasons, but that may change if the program continues to fail. Athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto said the contract, worth approximately $15 million over seven years,..." March 11

  • Despite dismal season, Oliver Purnell will return to DePaul

    Chicago Tribune "You could understand why the fans at Allstate Arena felt the need to let out some boos. That's boos. Not booze. In a battle of the Big East's bottom two teams, Butler eviscerated DePaul 79-46, looking like a title contender while the Blue Demons seemed like they just wanted to go home. With the..." March 08

  • Big East tourney depleted, but maybe more interesting

    New York Post "It’s still the Big East Tournament. It’s still Madison Square Garden. Is it the same? A lot has changed in the year since the members of the Big East last congregated for March Madness in Midtown. But what the conference has lost in star power with Connecticut (American Athletic), Syracuse..." March 07

  • Butler 79, DePaul 46

    ProSportsDaily "Alex Barlow had a team-high 19 points and five steals as the Bulldogs ran away with an easy road victory over the Blue Demons. Khyle Marshall added 18 points for Butler (13-16, 3-14 Big East), which snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Bulldogs dominated on the glass, 46-29, led by Kellen..." March 07

  • DePaul star freshman Billy Garrett Jr. thrives in defiance of his disease

    SI - NCAAB - One and One "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..." March 07

  • St. John's 72, DePaul 64

    ProSportsDaily "D'Angelo Harrison recorded 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as the host Red Storm held off a late rally by the Blue Demons. Sir'Dominic Pointer added 14 points for St. John's (19-11, 9-8 Big East), which shot 51.1 percent from the field. Orlando Sanchez chipped in with 13 points and..." March 02

  • DePaul’s foundering ship has been no better under Oliver Purnell

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jerry Wainwright was fired midway through his fifth season at ­DePaul with a 59-80 ­overall record and a 20-51 Big East mark that featured a 22-game conference losing streak. Wainwright was a quick-with-a-quip good guy and a feel-good story at the time he was hired, a Chicagoan called home for..." February 26

  • DePaul 65, Seton Hall 60

    ProSportsDaily "Brandon Young scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures as the host Blue Demons snapped a 10-game losing streak. Durrell McDonald registered a career-high 15 points and freshman Billy Garrett Jr. also scored 15 as DePaul (11-18, 3-13 Big East) won for the first time since Jan. 14..." February 26

  • DePaul’s foundering ship has been no better under Oliver Purnell

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jerry Wainwright was fired midway through his fifth season at ­DePaul with a 59-80 ­overall record and a 20-51 Big East mark that featured a 22-game conference losing streak. Wainwright was a quick-with-a-quip good guy and a feel-good story at the time he was hired, a Chicagoan called home for..." February 25

  • Marquette 96, DePaul 94

    ProSportsDaily "Davante Gardner scored seven of his team-high 22 points in overtime to lead the visiting Golden Eagles to their fourth win in five games. Jamil Wilson finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, Todd Mayo scored 19 points and Chris Otule added 12 to lead Marquette (16-11, 8-6 Big East). The..." February 23

  • This year, the Big East tourney means so much more

    New York Post "For 30 years the Big East Tournament grew into a week-long spectacle on 33rd Street that became a commercial and competitive success. It featured the best basketball conference for many of those years and winning the Big East Tournament championship was a prize that said you can’t become the..." February 20

  • Villanova routs DePaul, 87-62 "While Villanova was ranked No. 6 heading into Wednesday's game and taking on a DePaul team in flux, coach Jay Wright didn't want his team looking ahead to its next two games, at Creighton and Providence. "We have leaders, and we constantly talk to them about one game at a time," Wright..." February 13

  • Cleveland Melvin no longer enrolled at DePaul

    CBS Sports "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..." February 12

  • McDermott scores 32 to lead Creighton past DePaul

    Omaha World-Herald "DePaul almost put a chainsaw to Creighton's Lumberjack festivities Friday night. Twenty-point underdogs, the Blue Demons were down one point against the No. 12 Bluejays with 7½ minutes to play and were still down four points with 6:15 remaining. The difference down the stretch was that..." February 08

  • DePaul losing streak at five as Georgetown earns 71-59 win

    Chicago Sun-Times "For the first 20 minutes Monday against DePaul, Georgetown hardly resembled the team that upset then-No. 7 Michigan State on Saturday. That changed when the Hoyas regrouped and the Blue Demons came apart in the second half. Georgetown scored 23 points off 13 DePaul turnovers, converted 30 of 41..." February 04

  • DePaul still without Melvin, Garrett, McKinney vs. Providence

    Chicago Sun-Times "An undermanned DePaul team again will take the floor Saturday against Providence, with Cleveland Melvin still under suspension and starting point guard Billy Garrett Jr. and junior Charles McKinney still ailing. “We’re still right where we were [against Seton Hall last Saturday],” coach Oliver..." February 01

  • DePaul’s Brandon Young ready to step up

    Chicago Sun-Times "DePaul co-captain Brandon Young, benched in the second half of the team’s 84-74 loss Monday to Xavier, will be on the floor again Saturday at Seton Hall. ``I talked to him [Tuesday] for a long time, and we’re definitely on the same page,’’ said coach Oliver Purnell, who benched the senior guard..." January 23

  • Senior guard Brandon Young benched in DePaul’s loss to Xavier

    Chicago Sun-Times "The player who drew a dozen NBA scouts to Allstate Arena on Monday was Xavier sophomore Semaj Christon, who didn’t dis- appoint in his team’s 84-74 victory against DePaul. But the player Blue Demons coach Oliver Purnell might be more concerned about is senior guard Brandon Young, who didn’t..." January 21

  • Villanova rolls to win over DePaul "Villanova center Daniel Ochefu has been a steady contributor at the defensive end and on the boards for the Wildcats when he hasn't been battling foul trouble. But when the 6-foot-11 sophomore stays on the court and shows the comfort level he exhibited Saturday at the offensive end in the..." January 19

  • DePaul rewind: Demons can build on early success

    Chicago Tribune "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..." January 17

  • No. 8 Villanova lone Big East team ranked in top 20

    New York Daily News "Villanova will go through this first season of the reimagined Big East with a bull’s-eye on its back. The Wildcats are the only team in the conference that is nationally ranked (No. 8) and thus the best opportunity other Big East teams have to improve their NCAA Tournament profile with a..." January 17