Say what you want about DePaul basketball, but things can change rather quickly in the realm of college hoops. For example, say something like landing one of the nation's top-recruits.
Well, that is exactly what Oliver Purnell is on the verge of doing. According to Roy Schmidt, Cliff Alexander -- who is from Chicago -- has narrowed his choices down to two schools. One of them being the Illinois Fighting Illini while the other is the DePaul Blue Demons.
Yes, that DePaul Blue Demons.
For those some unaware of Alexander's exploits, he is widely regarded as one of the nation's top-three recruits for 2014 recruiting class. Most recruiting service websites have him listed as a five-star recruit and/or as having a high 90s grade.
A 6'8" power forward, Alexander's ceiling is higher than any character in a Cheech and Chong movie. His offense might be a little raw at the moment, but his strength, physical prescience, ability to rebound and play defense have all made him incredibly sought after.
If he were to choose DePaul it could be considered a huge breaking point for the program. With Purnell on the hot seat, the basketball program always under scrutiny and the arena deal making headlines, scooping up a commitment from a player with such an aura around him would do nothing but help shake all things negative going on around DePaul.
The Alexander noise isn't the only recruiting news to come out of the DePaul program. Three-star recruit Jon Davis has verbally committed to play basketball for the Blue Demons.
Davis is a 6'2" guard out of Washington D.C. While Davis is certainly not coming to the program with nearly as much hype as Alexander would, he is a more than capable scorer who might be able to add depth and a possible much needed scoring option for down the road.
Whatever happens with Alexander, DePaul is staying competitive on the recruiting trail. As much as
jerks people like me have fun at the expense of the program, they are doing a more than admirable job putting some pieces together to be competitive in the Big East Conference down the road.
Now, if they were somehow to land Alexander....