Purnell's DePaul Blue Demons needed a spark in the city and the commitment of Crete Monee's Jamie Crockett is a nice way to kick it off. "That was a good move for him. It's here in the city. DePaul needs to get city kids so it was a good move."
DePaul beat Dayton and Indiana State for the ultra-athletic wing. Crockett runs with one of the city's highest profile traveling teams, has a bunch of friends Purnell is targeting and most important, fits how Purnell envisions playing in the Big East: aggressive.
"Jamie's one of the most athletic players in the 2011 class. He runs the floor well, shoots it pretty good and he's an all-around ballplayer. He brings a lot of energy to the table."