Robertson Talks About DePaul Decision

While at dinner with DePaul coach Oliver Purnell on Friday night during his official visit, 2011 big man Derrell Robertson knew where he wanted to attend college next year and he let Purnell know. In this report, we hear all about the decision from the future Blue Demon center.

With just a few days remaining till signing day, Derell Robertson committed to DePaul along with Canadian forward Braeden Anderson to give the Blue Demons some much-needed help in the frontcourt and a five-man recruiting class for 2011.

"I chose DePaul because I thought I'd be coming to a great school with a great coach," said Robertson. "Plus they have great academics there. I was comfortable with the coach and all the staff."

Not only is Robertson comfortable with the DePaul staff, but he is also comfortable with the city of Chicago. While he was born and raised in Mississippi and both his parents graduated from Mississippi State, the 6-10, 235 lb. center also has quite a few relatives on the west side of Chicago.

"I love everything," said Robertson. "I love the city, it's beautiful. I just like everything. They treat me well here, it's just like home."

Another part of Robertson's decision was the opportunity to play on the national stage in the Big East conference.

"I always wanted to play in a big conference and the Big East is like the best conference in basketball," said Robertson. "I felt like they can get me better and get me to the next level which is the NBA."

Robertson gives Purnell some much needed size in the frontcourt and comes in with a reputation as a big-time shot-blocker. In Purnell's full court press there is always a need for a shot-blocker like Robertson.

"Defensively, I go after every shot," Robertson said. "I try to shut them down. Offensively, I like to face up. I've got a hook shot. I like to get to the rim. I like to dunk on people. I play above the rim."

With his size, Robertson will give Purnell another weapon in his defensive arsenal. It won't be long before the Blue Demons are giving other Big East schools fits on the defensive end.

"(Purnell) said that I'm a tough player, because with my skill set I can step out and handle the ball," said Robertson. "In his offense, you're a five, but you're never really a number in his offense. I can step out on the wing, shoot the shot, or drive at somebody. I feel like I can do that. I like the press a lot. I can block a lot of shots for them."

Robertson also has a certain NBA player in mind that he likes to model his game after.

"If I had to compare my game to anybody I'd say like A'mare Stoudamire," Robertson said.

Robertson, who plans to major in Business Administration at DePaul, will return home to Mendenhall, Mississippi where he will start his senior season this week.

Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the very latest on the Blue Demons and the November signing period.


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