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.