Tyger Campbell commits to DePaul, will reclassify to 2018

DePaul landed their first five-star recruit of the Dave Leitao era, as guard Tyger Campbell gave a verbal commitment.

Five-star point guard Tyger Campbell just verbally committed to DePaul, he told Scout. 

"I like DePaul and honestly my coach just went there, coach Shane Heirman, and we have a great connection and he’s always had my back," Campbell said. "I like coach [Dave] Leitao too. I like his program and he’s an intelligent guy."


Campbell will also reclassify from 2019 to the 2018 class, his mother, Jennifer Campbell confirmed.  

Campbell, of La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere, picked DePaul over interest from a number of high major schools, including Michigan State, Illinois, Missouri, Wake Forest and Memphis. 

"Mainly what I like about the school is I want to help bring it back," Cambell said. "I love Chicago. It’s a great city. I want to bring the city a college back to cheer for."

"Really when I sat down with the coaches and they just told me really what they’ve expected of me," he added. "It all became real after that. They got the new arena and that will be amazing."

Dave Leitao recently hired Heirman as an assistant coach. Heirman coached Campbell at La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere the past two seasons. 

"Some people go to college just because they like somebody, but he helps me off of the court, as much as he does on it," Campbell added. "I can talk to him about anything. He’s always there. He wants to do the best for me. I know he really has my back. After we won a national championship I gave him a hug and I knew it was a real."

Prior to reclassifying, Campbell was regarded as the No. 21 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

"I can help by doing this and we’ll be able to get more players," he said. "I can help DePaul and I think I can bring the aspect of a leader. I think DePaul is the perfect place for me to become a better person."

Campbell is DePaul's second pledge of the 2018 class. He joins guard John Diener to make up their current class. 

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