The Countdown: Opening Week of Practice
Oct. 5, 2017

CHICAGO – DePaul opened the preseason practice schedule at 8 a.m. on Monday morning as the Blue Demons started preparing for the upcoming 2017-18 season. As the calendar counts down to the opening game at Wintrust Arena on Nov. 11 a weekly notebook on DePaul basketball will be online every Thursday.

The Countdown

  • 9 days until the Open Practice at Wintrust Arena
  • 11 days until single-game tickets go on sale to general public
  • 13 days until BIG EAST Media Day at Madison Square Garden
  • 19 days until the DePaul Tip-Off Luncheon at Wintrust Arena
  • 31 days until the exhibition game against IU Northwest at Wintrust Arena
  • 37 days until regular-season opener against Notre Dame at Wintrust Arena

What’s Back
Entering the 2017-18 season, DePaul returns six players including four starters from a year ago. Headlining the returners are senior Tre’Darius McCallum and junior Eli Cain. Cain led the Blue Demons last season with 15.6 points per game while McCallum averaged 9.7 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per contest.

Two of the top three scorers from last season return in Cain and McCallum while sophomore Brandon Cyrus was fourth on the team last season with 6.3 points per game. Overall, the Blue Demons return just over 60 percent of the scoring and nearly 80 percent of the rebounding from last season.

What’s New
A total of 11 newcomers are on the 2017-18 DePaul roster including a graduate transfer, two now-eligible transfers, six freshmen and a senior. The freshmen class includes James Anderson, Jaylen Butz, Jason Malonga, Paul Reed, Justin Roberts and Pantelis Xidias while the graduate transfer is Marin Maric. Austin Grandstaff and Max Strus are now eligible to play after sitting out the 2016-17 season and senior Tobias Dwumaah has also joined the program.

In addition to the 10 eligible newcomers this season, transfer Jalen Coleman-Lands is sitting out the 2017-18 campaign after playing his first two years at Illinois. Anderson, Dwumaah, Malonga and Xidias joined the team in September as non-scholarship players.

Open Practice – Saturday, Oct. 14
Be sure to save the date of Saturday, Oc. 14 for the DePaul men’s and women’s basketball open practices at Wintrust Arena. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s team practicing before the men’s team starts practice at 1:30 p.m.

At 1 p.m. a special ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on the Wintrust Arena court to celebrate DePaul’s opening of the facility.

More Information: Meet the Blue Demons, Meet Your Seats on Oct. 14

Wintrust Arena Purse and Bag Policy
Before attending the open practices on Oct. 14 and DePaul games at Wintrust Arena this season please review the purse and bag policy at Wintrust Arena.

More Information: Wintrust Arena Purse and Bag Policy

Ticket Information
Full season ticket packages which include all 17 DePaul men's basketball home games at Wintrust Arena are on sale now and start at just $170. Season ticket holders enjoy significant savings, the best choice of seat locations, flexibility of attending every home game, as well as presale opportunities for other events at Wintrust Arena.

Two season ticket packages are available for the 2017-18 women's basketball season. The six-game Wintrust Arena ticket package includes all six regular-season home games played at the new facility in the South Loop. The Wintrust Arena ticket package is on sale now and starts at just $50 per seat. All remaining home games played at McGrath-Phillips Arena on the Lincoln Park campus are part of the McGrath-Phillips Arena season ticket package for $70.

BIG EAST packs and mini plans went on sale Sept. 22. Group tickets for parties of 15 or more went on sale Oct. 2. Single-game tickets for individual basketball events go on sale to the general public on Monday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. A presale opportunity for the DePaul community starts Monday, Oct. 9 (alumni, faculty, staff, parents, DePaul season ticket holders). This opportunity will be communicated separately to each University community group.

Important Dates for Ticket Sales
Full Season Tickets - On Sale Now
Mini Plans - On Sale Now
Group Ticket Packages - On Sale Now
Single Game Tickets (presale) - On Sale Monday, Oct. 9
Single Game Tickets (general public sale) - On Sale Monday, Oct. 16



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