Aug. 4, 2011
CHICAGO – DePaul basketball coach Oliver Purnell announced today that incoming freshman Shane Larkin will not attend DePaul University. A medical condition that requires Larkin to be closer to his Orlando home prevents him from attending DePaul.
“I’m disappointed he’s not going to be here, and we’re concerned about Shane’s well-being,” said Purnell. “I support his decision.”
"At this time, the best situation for my well-being is to remain in Florida,” said Larkin. “I appreciate everything Coach Purnell and the staff have done to support me at this time.”
The Blue Demons head to France next week for 10 days to walk in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul and play four games. DePaul leaves Chicago on Aug. 11 and returns Aug. 21 with stops in Paris, Toulouse and Nice.
Purnell welcomes six newcomers to the roster this season with five freshmen and transfer Donnavan Kirk. The five-player rookie class includes Macari Brooks (Matteson, Ill.), Montray Clemons (Baltimore, Md.), Jamee Crockett (Chicago, Ill.), Charles McKinney (Evanston, Ill.) and Derrell Robertson Jr. (Pinola, Miss.).
Kirk will be allowed to practice in August prior to the trip but will not be able to travel under NCAA transfer guidelines. Kirk joined the Blue Demons in January at the start of the Winter Quarter and will be eligible to play following the conclusion of 2011 Autumn Quarter exams just before the Thanksgiving holiday. The Pontiac, Mich. native was a redshirt freshman at Miami (Fla.) at the start of the 2010-11 season.
DePaul's six newcomers join a core of returners led by BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Cleveland Melvin. Melvin led DePaul with 14.3 points per game last season and broke Mark Aguirre's freshman field percentage record by shooting .522 from the field. Aguirre held the previous freshman mark of .520 in 1978-79. Overall, the Blue Demons return their top five scorers from last season including BIG EAST All-Rookie Team member Brandon Young who averaged 12.6 points per game with a team-best 115 assists.