DePaul Basketball A-to-Z
Academic All-American -- Stephen Howard (1988-92) was DePaul's first-ever Academic All-American as selected by CoSIDA, earning first team honors in 1990-91 and 1991-92. He was also a first team All-District selection as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Aguirre, Mark -- One of the greatest players in DePaul history. Aguirre, a two-time first team All-American, is the school's all-time leading scorer and holds three single season records as well. A member of the 1980 Olympic team, Mark helped DePaul to a Final Four appearance as a freshman in 1979. He was named to the All-Final Four team that year. The first pick of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, he won two NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons during his 14-year NBA career. Mark was enshrined into the DePaul Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 as a player and again in 1999 as a member of DePaul's 1979 Final Four team. His jersey number (24) is one of two that DePaul has retired.
Alaska -- The Blue Demons made their initial voyage to Alaska in November, 2000 and participated in the annual Great Alaska Shootout. DePaul finished fourth, losing to Syracuse and then beating Florida State and Alaska Anchorage.
All-Americans -- Since 1944, DePaul has had 26 players earn All-American mention. Six of those players have been first team picks, one was on the second team, two have been third team selections and 17 were honorable mention.
Allstate Arena -- The name of DePaul's basketball home. Formerly known as the Rosemont Horizon, DePaul is entering its 27th season of playing in Rosemont this year. It has been home to the Blue Demons since 1980, the 18,500-seat arena has been host to the NCAA Men's First and Second Rounds in 1987 and 1993 and the 2005 Chicago Regional. It has also hosted the NCAA Women's Mideast Regional in 1996 and the NCAA Women's First and Second Rounds in 2006.
Alumni Hall -- Set at the center of DePaul's Lincoln Park campus, Alumni Hall was home to Blue Demon athletics from 1956-2000. The 5,300 seat arena was the regular home of the men's team from 1956 to 1980. DePaul then played 22 games at the corner of Belden and Sheffield Avenues from 1980-2000 and had an impressive winning streak of 54 games from 1977-98. The Blue Demons finished 288-71 all-time in Alumni Hall. The building was torn down in July, 2000 to make room for the DePaul Student Center.
AP Top 10 -- The Blue Demons have finished in the top 10 in the final Associated Press Poll on eight occasions, including a string of five straight years from 1978-82. The last time the Blue Demons finished in the AP Top 10 was in 1987.
BIG EAST Conference - DePaul is a member of the BIG EAST Conference. The Blue Demons are joined in the league with Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, Syracuse, USF, Villanova and West Virginia. The Blue Demons joined the conference prior to the 2005-06 academic year.
Booth, David -- The second leading scorer in school history, Booth played at DePaul from 1988-92 and ranks in the top 10 in seven statistical categories. An honorable mention All-American in 1991, Booth was the school's first-ever first team all-conference performer, earning All-Great Midwest accolades in 1992.
Blue Demons -- In 1900 when the first athletic team to ever represent DePaul University was organized, the monogram "D" was selected for the uniforms. From this originated the nickname "D-men" which evolved into "Demons." The blue, which combines with Demons, signifies loyalty and was chosen in 1901 by a vote of the student body.
Chicago Stadium -- Opened in 1929, Chicago Stadium was home to the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls until it was demolished in 1994. In the 1940's and 50's, the Stadium was also home to college basketball doubleheaders. The first Great Midwest Conference Tournament in 1992 was the final college basketball action to be played at the Stadium which was torn down in 1994.
Colors -- DePaul's official school colors are royal blue and scarlet. The PMS colors are 287 (blue) and 185 (red).
Conference USA -- The 2004-05 season was DePaul's last in Conference USA. Original members were DePaul, UAB, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Marquette, Memphis, Southern Mississippi, Houston, Tulane, Saint Louis, South Florida and Louisville. East Carolina and TCU joined the fold prior to the 2001-02 season.
Corbin, Tyrone -- One of the most beloved players in Blue Demon history, Corbin is currently DePaul's third all-time leading rebounder and 14th all-time leading scorer. He is the only player in DePaul history to lead a Blue Demon team in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and free throw percentage for two consecutive seasons in 1983-84 and 1984-85. Corbin spent 15 seasons in the NBA.
Corzine, Dave -- DePaul's all-time leading rebounder and third all-time leading scorer, Dave helped the Blue Demons to two NCAA Tournaments, including a final eight appearance in 1978. Corzine went on to play in the NBA from 1978-91. He currently serves as the color annalyst for DePaul basketball games on radio.
DePaul Auditorium -- Affectionately known as "The Barn," it was the home to the Blue Demons until 1956. The site is now the home of the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center. DePaul won 81-straight games at "The Barn", the most successful home-court winning streak for the Blue Demons in school history.
Diener, Drake - One of three players in school history to own multiple career school records, Diener graduated in 2005 with the school records for career 3pt. field goals, career 3pt. field goals attempted and free throw percentage. Diener also owns single-season school records for 3pt. field goals, 3pt. field goals attempted and free throw percentage and tied the single-game record for 3pt. field goals made.
Final Four Announcer -- If you're watching the Final Four and the voice of the public address announcer sounds familar it should. Gene Honda, one of DePaul's PA men, has been the voice of the Final Four since the 2002-03 season. Honda is in his eighth season doing Blue Demon games.
Garland, Gary -- A Blue Demon great from 1975-79, Garland helped DePaul to three NCAA Tournament appearances including the 1979 Final Four, earned NCAA Tournament All-Region honors in 1978 and 1979 and was the Most Valuable Player of the West Regional in 1979. An honorable mention All-American in 1979, Garland was nicknamed the Music Man by his teammates and often sang the National Anthem before Blue Demon games. Since his playing days ended, Garland has continued with a music career, serving as a backup singer to his half-sister, Whitney Houston.
Great Midwest Conference -- In 1991-92, DePaul was a charter member of the Great Midwest Conference. It was the first conference affiliation for the Blue Demons. Along with DePaul, the Great Midwest included UAB, Cincinnati, Dayton, Marquette, Memphis and Saint Louis. The Blue Demons were the 1992 regular season champions.
Green, Shawn - The New York Mets All-Star outfielder is the son of former Blue Demon player Ira Green (1963-65).
Hall of Fame -- One former DePaul player and one former coach are members of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. George Mikan (1942-46) was enshrined as a charter member in 1959 while former coach Ray Meyer was enshrined in 1979.
Kleinschmidt, Tom -- One of only two players in school history to earn conference Player of the Year honors, Kleinschmidt was the 1994-95 Great Midwest Conference Player of the Year as a senior. Kleinschmidt still ranks in DePaul's all-time top 10 in five statistical categories.
Lampley, Lemone -- Now DePaul's Assistant Director of Development for Athletics, Lampley played for the Blue Demons from 1982-86. He still ranks ninth in school history with 87 blocked shots.
Leitao, Dave -- DePaul's coach from 2002-05, Leitao took the Blue Demons to the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament and guided the program to the Conference USA regular season championship that year. DePaul also made two NIT appearances in his three years.
Lenti Ponsetto, Jean -- DePaul's Director of Athletics, Ponsetto was named to her current position on July 1, 2002. A four-sport standout for the Blue Demons, Jeanne has been involved with DePaul athletics as a player, coach and administrator for the past 33 years.
Logo -- DePaul introduced the current logo for its athletic program on October 14, 1999. SME Powerbranding of New York designed the logo.
Maui -- DePaul has played in Maui Invitational four times (1988, 1992, 1997 and last season). In their last appearance the Blue Demons lost to Kentucky, beat Chaminade and dropped a decision to Purdue. The Chaminade victory was Jerry Wainwright's 200th victory at the NCAA Division I level.
McGrath Arena -- The practice home for the Blue Demons (the arena portion of the Sullivan Athletics Center), it was renamed in honor of the former Director of Athletics Facilties at DePaul. Last season the Blue Demons beat Hofstra, 83-71, in the opening round of the NIT at the McGrath Arena, the first non-exhibition game on campus since 1999.
Meyer, Joey -- DePaul's coach from 1984-97, he was the 1987 National Coach of the Year by CBS-TV. He won 231 games in his 13-year career as the head mentor of the Blue Demons.
Meyer, Ray - One of the 20 all-time winningest coaches in NCAA Division I history, Ray Meyer led the Blue Demons for 42 seasons and won 724 games. A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Meyer concluded his tenure with DePaul in September of 1997 after 55 years of service to the University. In the fall of 1999, DePaul opened the Ray Meyer Fitness & Recreation Center for students, faculty, staff and neighborhood residents of its Lincoln Park campus. In December, 2003, the floor at the Allstate Arena was named Ray and Marge Meyer Court in honor of the legendary mentor and his wife. Meyer passed away on March 17, 2006 at the age of 92.
Mikan, George -- The only player in DePaul history to be named first team All-American in three seasons, Mikan led the Blue Demons to their only national championship when they won the NIT in 1945. Mikan was named the National Player of the Year in 1945 and 1946 and to the NIT All-Star team in 1944 and 1945. He still currently holds two DePaul single game records and is in the top five of three all-time lists. After his career at DePaul, Mikan played in the NBA for nine seasons and was elected into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1959 and the NIT Hall of Fame in 1981. His jersey number (99) is one of two that have been retired by DePaul. He died in 2005.
NBA Draft -- DePaul has had 46 players drafted by National Basketball Association teams, including nine in the first round. In 1981, Mark Aguirre was the first overall pick while the following year, Blue Demon Terry Cummings was the second player chosen. Wilson Chandler and Sammy Mejia were the latest DePaul players to be drafted when Chandler was picked 23rd in the first round by the Knicks and Mejia went 57th in the second round to Detroit. Five of DePaul's last seven NBA draftees went in the first round.
NCAA Tournament -- DePaul is one of only 22 schools that have appeared in at least 22 NCAA Tournaments. The Blue Demons' first appearance was in 1943 when they finished third. DePaul also finished third in 1979. DePaul reached the second round of the tournament in its last appearance (2004).
NIT -- DePaul was the 1945 NIT Champion. The Blue Demons have participated in 16 NIT's, including this past season where they reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 1990. DePaul has reached the Final Four of the NIT five times.
Olympics -- Mark Aguirre was a member of the 1980 Olympic team and several other Blue Demons participated in the Olympic Trials, including Ron Norwood and Dave Corzine in 1976, Tyrone Corbin in 1984 and Kevin Edwards and Rod Strickland in 1988.
Player of the Half Century -- In 1996, Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan was named the Player of the Half Century (1951-2000) by Sport Magazine. The Player of the Half Century from 1900-1950 was former DePaul star George Mikan.
Post Season -- DePaul has made 37 postseason (NCAA & NIT) Tournament apperances including last season's run to the NIT quarterfinals after victories over Hofstra and Kansas State.
Puerto Rico -- During the 1999-2000 campaign, the Blue Demons ventured to Puerto Rico for the first time ever and finished third in the annual Puerto Rico Shootout, beating American-Puerto Rico in the first round, falling to Texas in the semifinals and beating South Carolina in the consolation championship. The Blue Demons will return to San Juan this December.
Richardson, Quentin -- One of two DePaul players to ever earn conference Player of the Year honors, Richardson was taken with the 18th pick (Los Angeles Clippers) in the 2000 NBA Draft. He was the first Blue Demon to be drafted since 1989 and the highest pick since Terry Cummings went second in 1982. "Q" was named the Conference USA Player and Freshman of the Year in 1998-99. He currently plays for the New York Knicks.
Regionals -- DePaul has twice hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Midwest Regional in 1987 and 1993 at the Rosemont Horizon. In addition, in 1960, DePaul downed Air Force in a first round NCAA game at Alumni Hall. DePaul hosted the 2005 Chicago Regional at the Allstate Arena.
Retired Numbers -- Only two numbers in DePaul history have been retired, #99 worn by George Mikan and #24 worn by Mark Aguirre.
Road Trip -- DePaul's longest road trip occured during the 1929-30 season when the Blue Demons went on a 16-game swing to end the season. Head coach Jim Kelly took his team to the states of Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. DePaul went 11-5 on the trip.
Rosemont Horizon -- Now known as the Allstate Arena, it has been home to the Blue Demons since 1980, the 18,500 seat arena has been host to the NCAA Men's First and Second Rounds in 1987 and 1993 and was the venue for the 2005 Chicago Regional. Along with men's basketball, it has hosted the NCAA Women's Mideast Regional in 1996 and was the site for the 2006 Women's First and Second Rounds.
Sullivan Athletics Center -- DePaul moved into its Athletics Center in May, 2000. This state-of-the-art facility boasts locker rooms, weight training and sports medicine areas along with office space for coaches and administrators. It serves as the practice and exhibition game home for the men's basketball program. It was renamed in honor of former Director of Athletics Gene Sullivan in the summer of 2006.
The 1945 NIT Champions -- The 1945 Blue Demons featured George Mikan and is DePaul's only national champion in men's basketball. The Blue Demons beat Bowling Green, 71-54, to capture the title and finished the season with a record of 21-3.
Tokyo -- The Blue Demons played two games in Tokyo during the 1983-84 season. This was the only time DePaul played a game outside of the United States.
United Center -- The home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks has hosted 15 DePaul games since it opened in 1994-95. The last time the Blue Demons played at the UC was in 2002.
Vitale, Dick -- Now known world-wide as a television commentator, ESPN's Dick Vitale got his broadcasting start at DePaul's Alumni Hall when he provided the color commentary for the Blue Demons' contest against Wisconsin on December 5, 1979. DePaul won that game 90-77.
Wainwright, Jerry - DePaul's 11th head coach, he was named to his current position on April 28, 2005 after spending three seasons at Richmond. Last season he took the Blue Demons to the quarterfinals of the NIT.
Waldo Fisher-Frank McGrath Award -- It is given to the Most Valuable Player of the DePaul-Northwestern game. Northwestern's Kevin Coble won the award last season after the Wildcats' 49-39 victory on November 14 in Evanston. The two teams will meet again on November 17 at the Allstate Arena.
Walk-on History -- The walk-on at DePaul has become a crowd and media favorite over the past 16 seasons. In the 1992-93 season opener against Chicago State at Alumni Hall, DePaul walk-on history was made when an entire line-up of walk-ons (Sean Brusek, Jon Harris, Tom Madden, Emanuel Smith and Ryan Sullivan) played the final six seconds of the 103-68 Blue Demon victory.
Wendell Smith Award -- This award was established in the 1972-73 season to honor the outstanding player in the DePaul-Notre Dame game. It is named after the late Chicago journalist, who at the time of his death was one of the most respected writers and broadcasters in the country as well as the prominent black sports journalist in the nation. Last season DePaul's Wilson Chandler won the award in Rosemont and Notre Dame's Colin Falls took home the hardware after the game at the Joyce Center. The teams will square off twice again this season.
WSCR Radio -- The radio (670 AM) home of the Blue Demons, this 50,000-watt station can be heard in 38 states and Canada. Zach Zaidman and former DePaul standout Dave Corzine call all of the action on "The Score Sports Radio 670."