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April 9, 2013

Looking Ahead to 2013-2014

With Louisville winning the National Championship Monday night, its time to take an early look ahead to the 2013-2014 season. DePaul's roster will look much different next year, with players graduating and four members transferring out of the school. Here's an early look at next years DePaul Blue Demons:

Departing Players:
Worrel Clahar, Point Guard (graduating)- Clahar provided the Blue Demons an instant bolt of energy when he set foot on the court, whether as a reserve or starter. His effort and grit will be sorely missed.

Moses Morgan, Sr, Small Forward (transferring)- Morgan wasn't as effective a 3-point shooter this year compared to last year (2011-2012 3p% was 39%, 2012-2013 3p% was31%). Morgan's shooting woes prevented him from seeing the floor more.

Derrell Robertson Jr., Jr, Center (transferring)- Robertson Jr. showed glimpses of his promising potential, but foul trouble (had 17 games with more fouls than points) and inconsistency plagued him all year.

Montray Clemons, RS So, Power Forward (transferring)- Clemons failed to crack Oliver Purnell's rotation, and will be looking for a bigger role in the transfer market.

Jodan Price, So, Shooting Guard (transferring)- A lengthy guard with shooting prowess out of high school, Price played the least out of the four transfers, as he was buried in the depth chart behind DePaul's seasoned guards.

Stuart Pirri, Forward (graduating)

Returning Players-
Brandon Young, Sr, Guard- Young led DePaul in virtually every offensive statistic: points per game, assists per game, free throws attempted, free throws made, steals and minutes per game.

Young will be counted on once again to facilitate the offense as point guard, but will also slide over to shooting guard in a pinch. If he can cut down his turnovers and improve as a free throw shooter, he could be one of the top guards in the Big East.

Cleveland Melvin, Sr, Power Forward- Melvin was DePaul's second leading scorer at 16.6 points per game as well as the leading rebounder.

Melvin will once again be DePaul's top option on offense, and once again will garner double-teams in the paint. Being the focal point of opposing defense's, Melvin needs to become a better passer out of the post when he's being swarmed by defender's. Like Young, Melvin needs to shoot better from the free throw line, considering how frequently he gets there.

Jamee Crockett, Jr, Shooting Guard- The high-flyer regressed as a sophomore, as teams were better prepared for Crockett this time around. He was DePaul's third leading scorer at 8.7 points per game, but his shooting percentages took a significant dip across the board.

Crockett needs to regain his freshman year from the three point line, particularly off the catch and shoot. He can be lethal in transition if his 3-pointers fall, combined with his impressive leaping ability. Crockett will be firmly entrenched in the rotation.

Donnavan Kirk, RS Sr, Power Forward- Kirk patrolled the paint for the Blue Demons, leading the team with 1.6 blocks per game and was the second-leading rebounder. He seemed to carve out a niche as a stretch big man during Big East play, making 10 of 20 3-pointers.

Kirk will once again man the middle for DePaul and provide an interior defensive presence. If he continues to work on his 3-point shot, Kirk will add another dimension to the DePaul offense, and become a tough cover for other big men.

Charles McKinney, Jr, Shooting Guard- McKinney was the team's shut-down defender, always matching up with the opposing team's best perimeter player. On offense, McKinney preferred attacking the basket than shooting from the perimeter, which he seldom did.

McKinney will again be counted on to hassle the opposing team's best perimeter threat, which is a role he savors. He'll need to improve his ball-handling and shooting to become a viable threat on offense.

Durrell McDonald, So, Point Guard- The freshman point guard drew a handful of starts because of injuries early on, but as the season progressed he saw his playing time dwindle. He was the most athletic guard on the team and in some instances showed how he can become the consummate guard for a pressing team like DePaul.

McDonald's most glaring weakness was his decision making as point guard, as evidenced by his season totals of 38 turnovers compared to 25 assists. Those numbers aren't surprising for a freshman guard, but they'll need to improve as a sophomore.

Edwind McGhee, Sr, Shooting Guard
Peter Ryckbosch, So, Power Forward
Cory Dollins, So, Point Guard

DeJuan Marrero, RS Fr, Power Forward (sat out year because of injury, used medical redshirt)- Marrero will be back next year after missing the season due to injury. He should provide immediate help in the rebounding department, despite being an undersized power forward.

Billy Garrett Jr., Fr, Guard- Fresh off a Class 3A championship in Illinois, the former Morgan Park standout and son of assistant coach Billy Garrett will become an instant impact player for DePaul. Garrett is a combo guard with good size and a great basketball head on his shoulders.

RJ Currington, Fr, Shooting Guard- Currington is another guard who will garner playing time as a freshman thanks to his shooting ability.

Gregory Sequele, Jr, Power Forward- Sequele is certainly a Big East caliber athlete and will help out on the boards and provide DePaul with another shot-blocker.

Forrest Robinson, Jr, Power Forward- Robinson is a 6'10 forward who excels shooting from the perimeter, giving DePaul a stretch four big man.

Rotation- Purnell went nine deep this past season, and could see that number rise to ten this upcoming season with the new additions to the roster. Here's what the lineup may look like next season:

Brandon Young
Billy Garrett Jr.
Jamee Crockett
Cleveland Melvin
Donnavan Kirk

Charles McKinney
Durrell McDonald
RJ Currington
DeJuan Marrero
Gregory Sequele
Forrest Robinson
Edwind McGhee
Peter Ryckbosch
Cory Dollins



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