The DePaul Blue Demons are working to re-boot under the guidance of Head Coach Dave Leitao. The first step in doing that is getting things back going on the recruiting trail. On Tuesday in advance of National Signing Day Leitao and his staff got some good news out of La Lumiere School.
La Lumiere has become one of the most powerful prep schools in the country under the guidance of Shane Heirman, and two key pieces to the puzzle this year are Al Eichelberger and Brandon Cyrus. Eichelberger, who hails from Michigan, and Cyrus, who is from San Diego, both made the decision to sign with DePaul.
Eichelberger will submit his national letter of intent while Cyrus will sign scholarship papers with the school.
About his decision to commit, Cyrus said, “It was definitely the coaching staff. I felt comfortable with them and when I talked to them they showed a genuine care for me as a player and a person.”
This is huge for DePaul because Cyrus is someone who has really stepped up his game this fall. After being injured some of the high school season as a junior and all of the spring and summer, Cyrus is back playing good basketball and taking his game to a new level.
Cyrus is someone with good athleticism, a solid feel for the game, and the ability to score from all three levels on the floor. Also on the defensive end he is more than capable of guarding any of the perimeter spots, and showed himself to be one of the better uncommitted wings in the class.
Eichelberger is just a rugged low post kid. Right now DePaul has a lot of unproven commodities coming back in the frontcourt besides Tommy Hamilton. With that Eichelberger brings an ability to score on the low block and a lot of toughness.
The knock on Eichelberger is that he is a bit undersized and not the most athletic, but he has produced at a good rate on both the high school and AAU levels.
Getting two key building blocks for DePaul is huge as they look to continue to rebuild and create a new identity under Leitao.
In fact, bringing DePaul back to the top of the conference and the NCAA Tournament in general was a big part in Cyrus’ decision.
“It is huge for me to be in this class,” said Cyrus. “I have a high expectation to bring DePaul back to the top of the Big East. Being the foundation class of the program means a lot.”
In Cyrus says coming in with Eichelberger to do just that is huge, because he knows what Eichelberger stands for.
“What I like most about Al is he is a winner and during his time already at La Lumiere we have become close off the floor and I know we will play well together on it,” explained Cyrus. “It is great to know that I have another winner going to DePaul with me.””
This is a huge start, and also could help them build up a good rapport at La Lumiere which is located only about an hour from DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus.
Add in the already committed Devin Gage, and DePaul is making the steps to get it back going, and now will begin the process of getting the program back to the NCAA Tournament.