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DePaul offers 2020 forward Taj Thweatt

The Blue Demons are hoping to coax the New Jersey native to come to the Windy City.

NCAA Basketball: DePaul at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Although he didn’t start playing organized basketball until the eighth grade, Taj Thweatt (Wildwood, N.J./Wildwood Catholic) has quickly caught on.

More Division I programs are starting to do so as well. On Thursday, the DePaul Blue Demons became the latest to offer the 6-foot-7 wing, expanding his recruiting range back out to the midwest.

Thweatt enjoyed a standout year at Wildwood Catholic, where he was one of the top performers in the state of New Jersey, averaging an impressive 20.2 points and 10.7 rebounds. The 2020 prospect dazzles in transition and is a threat to score whenever his team runs out into the open floor. He can also thrive in the half court, using a swift first step to beat his defender off the dribble. He is an excellent slasher and finisher around the rim, but this past season he took strides in expanding his range out to the three-point line—a feature of his game that wasn’t really explored in his first two years of high school.

Aside from DePaul, he also has offers from Florida, Temple, Bowling Green, Monmouth, and fellow Big East school Seton Hall.