Robertson Finds Home in Big East

Derrell Robertson is a talented shot-blocker from Mississippi who made the decision to head to the Big East just days before the start of the November signing period. He was one of two commitments on the night for a lucky Big East school.

Derell Robertson arrived on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus for an official visit this week and left with a verbal commitment to Blue Demons coach Oliver Purnell.

The 6-10, 235 lb. center prospect from Mendenhall High School in Mississippi chose DePaul over offers from Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi.

Purnell got himself an athletic shot blocker who can develop into a big-time player.

"Derrell is an extremely athletic big man that can block shots," said MBA Hoops Elite AAU coach Omhar Carter. "I would say that offensively he still has development to do, but defensively he's already a man-child."

Back in April, Robertson broke the tournament record for blocked shots at the Pearland, Texas Classic AAU tournament.

"We had one game where he blocked 26 shots in one game," said Carter. "That's his specialty right now, he's a defensive stopper. He has excellent timing on blocked shots and big hands. He has a lot to grow and once he gets comfortable offensively as far as finishing around the rim even better, then he'll be one of the top players in the country I believe."

Robertson has an impressive vertical leap that has been reported to be anywhere from 36 to 40 inches.

Derrell comes from an athletic family. His father, Derrell Robertson, Sr., played football at Mississippi State and in the Canadian Football League.

Robertson joins Crete-Monee's Jamie Crockett, Rich South's Macari Brooks, Canadian forward Braeden Anderson, and Florida point guard Shane Larkin in the class of 2011 for Purnell.

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