College basketball is right around the corner. Games will be starting before you know it, and practices are just right around the corner.
Here at Roundballchat I will release my top 100 teams for the 2012-13 college basketball season. I will start at 100 and count my way down. I will rank all the 75 programs in the six major conferences, as well as 25 mid majors in my top 100 countdown.
Along with my top 100 countdown I will also feature a ton of previews. Like the top players at each position, All Conference teams, top players by class, top games, previewing the early season tournaments and much more.
Who will put at number 1? Louisville or Indiana or maybe a surprise stay tuned to Roundballchat for the next month to find out.
Coach: Oliver Purnell (two seasons at DePaul 19-43 ) Overall 413-322, 24 years
2011-12: Record 12-19 overall, 3-15 in Big East (16th)
Starters Returning (4) Cleveland Melvin, Brandon Young, Jamee Crockett, Charles McKinney
Preseason Tournament: Cancun Challenge
Top Non-Conference Games: At Auburn, At Arizona Sate
Transfers Out : Tony Freeland (Long Beach State)
Sat Out: Montray Clemons (injury)
Poor DePaul they have been the Big East’s worst team for a while now. For the past four years they have finished in the basement of the Big East. The good thing for third year head coach Oliver Purnell is this will be his best and most experienced team. The bad news this same roster only won 3 Big East games last season.
The leader for the Blue Demons is no doubt Cleveland Melvin (17.5 ppg). He is the highest returning scorer in the Big East. He is a very athletic power forward that is very versatile. Joining Melvin in the frontcourt will be center Derrell Robertson Jr (.8 ppg). He will of course need to score more this season. Providing depth in the frontcourt will be Donnavan Kirk(3.5 ppg) and Montray Clemons. Clemons sat out with an injury last season. At small forward Mosses Morgan (9 ppg) is the team’s best three point shooter. Look for freshman DeJaun Marrero and Jodan Price to battler for playing time behind Morgan.
DePaul will be led in the backcourt by point guard Brandon Young (14.5). Young knows how to score but must improve his three point shooting. He is the returning leader in the Big East for assist to turnover ratio. Worrel Clahar(6 ppg) is a very capable backup at the point. The Blue Demons have plenty of experience at the shooting guard position with Jamee Crockett (8.6 ppg) and Charles McKinney (4.2 ppg). Crockett is super athletic and McKinney is an excellent defender. True freshman Durrell McDonald will also provide depth.