Athleticism and quickness have been essential characteristics of any incoming DePaul recruit in the Oliver Purnell era. Durrell McDonald fits both categories.
The 6-foot-2 guard out of Henderson, Nev. gave his verbal to DePaul in late January and signed his letter of intent this week to become the third member of DePaul's 2012 recruiting class. McDonald joins sharpshooting wing Jodan Price out of Michigan and talented, physical forward DeJuan Marrero from Indiana.
McDonald will come to DePaul after a stellar senior campaign at Green Valley High School in Nevada. He averaged 21.2 points and 3.8 assists per game. He also added an impressive 6.6 rebounds per game to his full stat line.
That rebounding ability may come from McDonald's elite athleticism which has led him to be a star not only in basketball, but other sports as well. He has excelled enough at the high jump in high school to be considered one of the best preps in the nation.
McDonald could be looked at as more of a combo guard at this time. He was the primary scorer on his team this past season and showed aggressiveness to rack up the points. Through 26 games he got to the free throw line 155 times.
He has shown the ability to be an effective scorer as well as being a pest on defense. As of Feb. 10 he was averaging 3.5 steals per game, which should fit in nicely with DePaul's pressing defense.
DePaul still has a scholarship remaining for the 2012 recruiting class. It is late in the recruiting period but DePaul still has options for another Spring signee or possibly a transfer.