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Brandon Young Recaps Durant Camp

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Brandon Young stopped by Thursday and gave us this recap of his experience at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy earlier this week as a camp counselor.

Hey, what's up everybody! My name is Brandon Young and I play for the DePaul men's basketball team. I wanted to write about the experience I had at the Kevin Durant camp which was held in Chicago on the west side. I'm a junior at DePaul and I am a point guard from Baltimore, Maryland. It's not hard to tell who I am. I wear number 20 for the Blue Demons so if you happen to catch one of our games and see number 20 then you know that's me. But enough about me let's talk about the Kevin Durant camp.

I will start off by saying that I wasn't the only one from my team to get invited to the camp. I was also with one of my great teammates Cleveland Melvin (Big East Rookie of the Year). Cleveland and I were very excited when we found out that we were going to the camp. After we found out that we were going to the camp we just felt so blessed because hard work really does pay off. A day before going to the camp our teammates gave us great confidence by telling us play your game and do what you do.

So we arrive at the camp hotel so early that we were the only two there for like an hour straight because we stay in Chicago and everyone else had to catch a flight. Even though we were there so early our room was not ready so we had to wait even longer. Other college players started coming and getting everything situated with their rooms and we were meeting people we never met before. I thought that Cleveland and I were going to be the only two people there from Baltimore but I was wrong. C.J. Fair from Syracuse University walked in and it just felt like we was home because we all grew up playing against each other. There was a lot of great talent there as well such as players like Tim Hardaway Jr., Michael Snaer, Rodney McGruder, Solomon Hill, and much more.

While we were at the camp the coaches were teaching us the things the pro's do when they work out and when they are getting prepared for a game. So we would go through all types of drills like shooting drills, dribbling drills, one on one drills, and so much more that will make our game much better. It was not easy at all because one thing they told us was if you don't work really hard you won't make it anywhere. I was hoping to see Kevin Durant at the camp but I believe that he was still upset from the loss in the final to the Miami Heat.

I would say that I learned a lot from the camp and honestly say that I got better from the three days I was at the camp. Also, while I was at the camp I feel as though my jump shot has improved so much because just for those three days I was there the coaches really explained to me how to shoot and the right way to shoot. I would hope that it would carry over to the game for when we start playing again.

That's how the Kevin Durant camp went down. If I had another opportunity to do it again I would love to do it. I want to thank my amazing coaches and teammates for all the support they gave me to go into that camp with a lot of confidence.

Be safe and God Bless, B.Young.

Number Crunch: Looking Back at 2011-12

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It's not breakfast, it's fun with numbers... it's Number Crunch!!!!

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Number Crunch will take a look inside the numbers at DePaul from time to time.

Check out the numbers from 2011-12:

307: Student-athletes named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in the Autumn and Winter Quarters.

202: Student-athletes named to DePaul's Dean's List in the Autumn and Winter Quarters.

42: Student-Athletes that graduated in June.

32: Student-athletes that registered a 4.0 GPA in the Autumn and Winter Quarters.

13 & 8: Thirteen teams participated at a BIG EAST Championship and eight teams represented DePaul in an NCAA Championship event.

13: Number of student-athletes from six different sports named either All-Conference performers, to an All-Freshman Team or a BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team.

11 & 17: Eleven student-athletes from eight different sports were named a BIG EAST Conference Athlete of the Week a total of 17 times.

7: An all-time high of number of programs were recognized with the NCAA APR Public Recognition Award for having multi-year Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.

3: Deanna Ortiz from women's basketball, Tim Nedow from outdoor track and field and Jasmin Kling from women's tennis earned one of the BIG EAST Conference's major postseason awards. Nedow was recognized twice by earning the most outstanding field athlete at both the indoor and outdoor championships.

2: Both Doug Bruno and Deanna Ortiz represent DePaul and their countries at the 2012 London Olympics. Coach Bruno will serve as an assistant coach for the United States women's basketball team and Ortiz and Puerto Rico is making a bid to qualify and play in London this summer.

2: Women's basketball's Anna Martin and softball's Kirsten Verdun distinguished themselves as All-Americans.

45: Athletics contests that were televised during the 2011-12 academic year with teams making appearances on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, BIG EAST NETWORK, CBS Sports Network and Lakeshore Public TV.

83: Athletics contests that were streamed live on BlueTube at depaulbluedemons.com.

450,000: Nearly 450,000 people attended a DePaul athletics competition.