Men's basketball returnees enthusiastic about strenuous workouts emphasizing defense
Blue Demons and Cougars scheduled for 7 p.m. start at Jones Convocation Center
Men's team hosts Drake at 8 p.m. following women's game against Bradley at Allstate Arena
DePaul hosts UIC at McGrath-Phillips Arena Friday at 9 p.m.
DePaul faces nationally-ranked NCAA Division II program on Thursday night
Career Notes: Played in 44 career games... two-time member of BIG EAST All-Academic Team... joined the program as a walk-on in June 2012.
2013-14 (Sophomore): Named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team... played in 27 games off the bench... four points and four rebounds aginst Butler... three points and three rebounds at Georgetown... opened season with eight points and five rebounds against Grambling State.
High School: Three-time letterwinner at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago... led the Wolfpack to an IHSA regional title as a senior... St. Ignatius was also co-champions of the Chicago Catholic League and finished with a 23-5 record... coached by Richard Kehoe... also played volleyball... played on the AAU circuit for the Illinois Heat coached by Terry Head.
Personal: Son of Bart and Lisa Ryckbosch... has a brother, Steven... Lisa is the director of professional, corporate and community relations for the DePaul's women's basketball program... she was the women's basketball head coach at UIC from 2002-11 after an 11-year stint at DePaul as an assistant and associate head coach... Lisa played collegiately at Loyola-Chicago (1980-84) and professionally for DBC Aalst Women's Basketball Club from 1984-89... Bart, a native of Belgium, also played professionally in Belgium and is an archivist at the Art Institute of Chicago... undecided on major... majoring in Health Science.