A New Day is Dawning for DePaul and the BIG EAST

Everything about DePaul's basketball program in the 2013-14 season speaks to a new beginning for the Blue Demons.

They are heading into the inaugural season of the new BIG EAST Conference, a basketball-centric league with seven holdovers from last season's BIG EAST and three talent-laden newcomers.

Construction of a new basketball arena in the South Loop near McCormick Place is scheduled to get underway during the 2013-14 season.

There are seven new faces ready to man coach Oliver Purnell's vaunted pressure defense including DeJuan Marrero who missed the 2012-13 season with an injury.

Also new to the DePaul basketball scene will be the kind of size Purnell has not seen during his tenure in Lincoln Park. For the first time, there are five scholarship players on the roster 6-foot, 8-inches or taller---6-8 Cleveland Melvin, 6-10 Tommy Hamilton, Jr., 6-10 Purdue transfer Sandi Marcius, 6-10 Forrest Robinson and 6-9 Greg Sequele.

returning players

Jamee Crockett Jamee Crockett (F)
Played in 28 games with 19 starts... 12 games in double-figures (nine in BIG EAST play)... averaged 22.9 minutes per game... third on the team in scoring and rebounding... Played in 59 career games with 35 career starts... 25 career games in double-figures... signed with DePaul on Nov. 10, 2010.

Cory Dolins Cory Dolins (G)
Played in nine games... played four minutes with an assist against Austin Peay... made DePaul debut with two assists in a minute of action against UC Riverside. Joined the program as a walk-on in June 2012.

Durrell McDonald Durrell McDonald (G)
Played in all 32 games with starts in nine games... averaged 11.1 minutes per game... Signed with DePaul on April 12, 2012... also high jumps as a member of the DePaul track and field team... finished third at the 2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a height of 2.04 meters...

Edwind McGhee Edwind McGhee (G)
Earned a scholarship for the 2013 Winter and Spring academic quarters... Joined the program as a walk-on in October 2010... played in 44 career games... two-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team... played in nine games as a freshman, 17 as a sophomore and 18 as a junior.

Charles McKinney Charles McKinney (G)
Played in 30 games with 23 starts... averaged 20.0 minutes per game... Played in 61 career games with 38 starts... signed with DePaul on April 13, 2011.

Cleveland Melvin Cleveland Melvin (F)
Preseason second team All-BIG EAST selection... led team in rebounding and was second in scoring and blocked shots... 27 games in double-figures... seven double-doubles... 216 field goals are 14th on the school season chart... season point total of 531 points is tied for 26th season list...

Peter Ryckbosch Peter Ryckbosch (F)
Played in 17 games... grabbed three rebounds at Pittsburgh with two points and a steal... scored four points and grabbed four rebounds at Connecticut... totaled six points and two rebounds against Milwaukee... scored two points against Austin Peay... grabbed two boards in DePaul debut against UC Riverside... Joined the program as a walk-on in June 2012.

Brandon Young Brandon Young (G)
Started all 32 games... led team in scoring, assists, steals, minutes and was second in three-pointers... 30 games in double-figures... Only player in program history with at least 1,200 points, 400 assists and 100 three-pointers...


2012-13 stats

Team Statistics
SCORING 2284 2409
Points per game 71.4 75.3
Scoring margin -3.9 -
FIELD GOALS-ATT 847-1951 881-1879
Field goal pct .434 .469
3 POINT FG-ATT 155-519 175-479
3-point FG pct .299 .365
3-pt FG made per game 4.8 5.5
FREE THROWS-ATT 435-618 472-681
Free throw pct .704 .693
F-Throws made per game 13.6 14.8
REBOUNDS 1095 1220
Rebounds per game 34.2 38.1
Rebounding margin -3.9 -
ASSISTS 440 469
Assists per game 13.8 14.7
Turnovers per game 14.3 15.6
Turnover margin +1.3 -
Assist/turnover ratio 1.0 0.9
STEALS 265 260
Steals per game 8.3 8.1
BLOCKS 133 146
Blocks per game 4.2 4.6
ATTENDANCE 130,574 132,730
Home games-Avg/Game 17-7,681 12-9,239
Neutral site-Avg/Game - 3-7,287