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 1937, DePaul has had 19 players earn first, second or third team All-American honors on 80 occasions. In addition to the 19 first, second or third team honorees, nine others picked up honorable mention recognition for All-American teams. George Mikan, Mark Aguirre and Terry Cummings each earned consensus first team All-American honors.
Allstate Arena - The name of DePaul's basketball home. Formerly known as the Rosemont Horizon, DePaul is in its 34th season of playing in Rosemont in 2013-14. It has been home to the Blue Demons since 1980. The 18,500-seat arena has hosted 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 and 2012.
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 DePaul 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 in 2013-14 with Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova and Xavier. 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 finished his collegiate career in the school's 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. He joined his alma mater during the 2009-10 season as an assistant men's basketball coach. Booth is currently director of scouting for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets.
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 285 (blue) and 186 (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, USF and Louisville. East Carolina and TCU joined the league in 2001-02.
Corbin, Tyrone - One of the most beloved players in Blue Demon history, Corbin is currently DePaul's third all-time leading rebounder and 15th 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 and was named head coach of the Utah Jazz in Feb. 2011.
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 Elite Eight appearance in 1978. Corzine went on to play in the NBA from 1978-91. He currently works in the DePaul athletics department as assistant to the athletics director for community outreach.
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 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 three-point field goals, career three-point field goal attempts and free throw percentage. Diener also owns single-season school records for three-point field goals, three-point field goal attempts and free throw percentage.
Final Four Announcer - If you're watching the NCAA Final Four and the voice of the public address announcer sounds familiar, 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 14th season doing Blue Demon games. In addition to calling DePaul games, he is also the voice for the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox and the Maui Invitational.
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. Garland 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.
Hall of Fame - One former DePaul player and one former coach are members of the Naismith Memorial 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 eight career 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 10th 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 athletics director, 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 38 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 2006). 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-Phillips Arena - The practice home for the Blue Demons, it was renamed in honor of the former director of athletics facilities at DePaul and DePaul benefactor Joni Phillips. The Blue Demons beat Hofstra, 83-71, in the opening round of the 2007 NIT at the McGrath-Phillips Arena, the first non-exhibition game on campus since 1999. DePaul opened the 2008-09 season at McGrath-Phillips with a win against Albany in the first regular season game in Lincoln Park since 1999. The Blue Demons are 7-1 all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena and open the 2013-14 season against Grambling State at the on-campus facility.
Melvin, Cleveland - Melvin was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 2011 to join Quentin Richardson as the only players in DePaul history to win a conference freshman of the year award.
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 & 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 Memorial 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 10 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 in the 2007 draft.
NCAA Tournament - DePaul has appeared in 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 the 2007 season where they reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 1990. DePaul has reached the Final Four of the NIT five times.
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.
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.
Postseason - DePaul has made 37 postseason (NCAA and NIT) tournament appearances including the 2007 run to the NIT quarterfinals after victories over Hofstra and Kansas State. DePaul's last NCAA Championship appearance came in 2004 when the Blue Demons advanced to the second round.
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 returned to San Juan in December 2007 and beat La Salle while falling to Mississippi and Clemson.
Purnell, Oliver - Oliver Purnell was named the 13th head coach in DePaul history on April 6, 2010. He enters his fourth season on the Blue Demon sidelines in 2012-13 and his 26th season overall as a head coach at the collegiate level.
Ray & Marge Meyer Court - On December 14, 2003, the playing floor at the Allstate Arena was officially dedicated as Ray & Marge Meyer Court.
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.
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, No. 99 worn by George Mikan and No. 24 worn by Mark Aguirre.
Road Trip - DePaul's longest road trip occurred 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. It also hosted the NCAA Women's Mideast Regional in 1996 and was the site for the 2006 and 2012 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 ocassionally the game home for the men's basketball program. It was renamed in honor of former athletics director Gene Sullivan in the summer of 2006.
Tokyo - The Blue Demons played two games in Tokyo during the 1983-84 season. This was the first 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 United Center 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 the position on April 28, 2005, after spending three seasons at Richmond. In 2007, Wainwright 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. DePaul's Will Walker won the award in 2007 after the Blue Demons' 54-53 victory in Rosemont.
Walk-on History - The walk-on at DePaul has become a crowd and media favorite over the past 30 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.
Webster, Tracy - Served as interim head coach for the final 16 games of the 2009-10 season following a change in the leadership of the program. Joined the men's basketball programs as an assistant coach in May 2009. Webster is the only interim head coach in DePaul basketball history.
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.
*information current as of November 1, 2013