DePaul Welcomes in Purnell Era with Madness

DePaul kicked off the Oliver Purnell era in grand fashion at McGrath Arena in Lincoln Park on Friday night. At "Blue Madness", the Blue Demons welcomed in the 2009-10 basketball season with buckets, hip-hop, recruits, and more buckets.

Purnell addressed the crowd on his first day of practice as head coach at DePaul. The former Clemson coach encouraged the fans to stand up. He then instructed them to "Stay up all season long!"

Purnell and women's coach Doug Bruno posed as members of the Bucket Boys during their drum performance. The men's and women's basketball teams then took the floor to pour in some buckets of their own.

DePaul freshman Cleveland Melvin debuted with a thunderous dunk that gave his White team a 22-20 scrimmage win over the Blue team.

Senior Mario Stula teamed up with Keisha Hampton in a three-point shootout that was won by the team of freshman Moses Morgan and Sam Quigley.

Chicago's very own hip-hop artists Endiskize kept the crowd energized and entertained.

DePaul used the Blue Madness event to show some of the younger talent from throughout the Chicago area what they will be doing under Purnell's leadership.

Among the high school recruits in tonight's audience were:

Cliff Alexander – 2014 forward - Curie

Aaric Armstead – 2012 guard - Hales Franciscan

Aaron Armstead – 2011guard -Hales Franciscan

Rocco Belcaster – 2012 guard - Morton

Ka'Darryl Bell – 2012 point guard – Oak Park

Brock Benson – 2012 forward – Hinsdale South

Macari Brooks – 2011 verbal commit – Rich South

Jamie Crockett – 2011 verbal commit - Crete-Monee

Jerry Davis - 2013 point guard - Gordon Tech

Royale Ewing – 2013 point guard – St. Patrick's

Marcus Fair – 2013 point guard – Plainfield North

Billy Garrett, Jr. – 2013 point guard – Morgan Park

Kendall Stephens – 2013 shooting guard – St. Charles East

Xavier Taylor - 2013 forward - Morgan Park

Lance Whitaker – 2013 combo guard – Bartlett

Markee Williams – 2013 guard - Morgan Park

Kevin Edwards Returns to DePaul

A few hours before Blue Madness began, DePaul announced the return of former Demon Kevin Edwards to campus. Edwards will take over as the basketball program's director of community, corporate and professional relations. He fills David Booth's spot on the staff. Booth left for a scouting position with the New Orleans Hornets last month.

Edwards played two seasons at DePaul from 1986-88 before embarking on an 11-year NBA career.

Edwards finished his career at DePaul with 995 points where he led the Demons to the NCAA Tournament in both years that he played.

Kevin averaged 14.4 points per game as a junior and a scoring average of 18.8 points per game as a senior at DePaul.

Edwards was selected by the Miami Heat with the 20th overall pick of the 1988 NBA Draft. Kevin played for the Heat, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, and Vancouver Grizzlies during his NBA career. In his 11 NBA seasons, he totaled 6,596 points in 604 games.

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