DePaul Coaches' Caravan Fires Up Blue Demon Fans
DePaul coach Oliver Purnell is optimistic about the upcoming 2012-13 men's basketball season.

Aug. 22, 2012

OAK BROOK, Ill. - A standing room crowd filled out a banquet room at Maggiano's Restaurant in west suburban Oak Brook Tuesday night at the inaugural 2012 DePaul Coaches' Caravan.

Blue Demon alumni and fans listened to presentations from women's basketball coach Doug Bruno and players Chanise Jenkins and Centrese McGee followed by presentations from men's basketball coach Oliver Purnell and players Donnavan Kirk and Peter Ryckbosch.

Bruno talked about expectations for the 2012-13 season and listened as Jenkins described the improved play of her teammates.

Heading up the Blue Demons are AP Honorable Mention All-American Anna Martin and Katherine Harry.

Purnell is excited about entering the new season with his first experienced team led by juniors Cleveland Melvin, Brandon Young and Moses Morgan. Melvin is the top returning scorer in the BIG EAST Conference and Young is among the top five returning scorers.

The Blue Demons are returning their top four scorers from 2011-12 in Melvin, Young, Morgan and sophomore Jamee Crockett.

The Caravan's next stop is Friday at Lizzie McNeill's in the Chicago River North neighborhood. The Coaches' Caravan stop kicks off DePaul basketball's Alumni Weekend with men's and women's hoops alums converging on Lizzie McNeill's to join Purnell and Bruno from 5:30-7 p.m.



Following Lizzie McNeill's, the Coaches' Caravan concludes in Rosemont at the Ram Brewery. The final stop takes place on Monday, Aug. 27 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Each event on the three-stop tour costs $20 per person and the cost for kids (13 and under) is $10 at each caravan stop. A cash bar will also be available at each event.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the DePaul Ticket Office at (773) 325-SLAM (7526).

2012 Coaches' Caravan Remaining Locations

Friday, Aug. 24 - Lizzie McNeill's in Chicago River North (400 North McClurg Court)
Time: 5:30-7 p.m. | Cost: $20 adults and $10 for kids (13 and under) | Lizzie McNeill's website

Monday, Aug. 27 - Ram Brewery in Rosemont (9250 W. Higgins Rd.)
Time: 6:30-8 p.m. | Cost: $20 adults and $10 for kids (13 and under) | Ram Brewery's website







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