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Big East Breakdown: #10 DePaul Blue Demons

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Will anyone be able to break DePaul's stranglehold on last place?

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Last Year's Record:
12-21 (3-15) No Postseason

Key Losses: Brandon Young PG 16.3pts, Cleveland Melvin PF 16.7pts, Sandi Marcicus C 4.8pts, Charles McKinney 3.9pts

Key Returnees: Billy Garrett Jr. SoPG12.4pts, Tommy Hamilton IV So C 7.7pts, Durrell McDonald Jr G 5.4pts, RJ Curington So SG 4.1pts, Jamee Crockett

Key Incoming Players: Myke Henry (Transfer Illinois), Darrick Wood (JUCO), Rashaun Stimage (JUCO), Aaron Simpson(JUCO)

Breakdown:

DePaul has finished last in the Big East for 6 straight seasons. The last season DePaul didn't finish last was in 2008 when the Blue Demons finished T-12th with 6 BE wins - which is more than they accrued in the next 4 years combined. DePaul loses 4 year starters Brandon Young and Cleveland Melvin (was suspended during BE play and was kicked off of the team). DePaul still has 2 nice pieces in Garett Jr and Haliton IV, but outside of those two there's not much to write home about for DePaul.

Coach Purnell is banking on 1 transfer and 2 JUCOs who are coming back to their Chicago roots to make a difference next year. Henry barely played at Illinois but was a top 100 recruit back in 2011. Stimage and Simpson are two JUCO players who are from the Chicago area and hope to give a boost to the hometown team. Darrick Wood is a 3pt specialist who originally committed to St. John's back in the day but was not going to qualify so went the JUCO route instead before finally surfacing at DePaul.

Key OOC games: vs. Stanford November 30th, @ GW December 11th, @ Oregon St. December 18th, Diamond Head Classic December 22-25th