DePaul Signs McKinney, More to Come?

On the first day of the spring signing period, the Blue Demons signed Charles McKinney, a 6-4 wing from Quality Education Academy in North Carolina. Yet DePaul coach Oliver Purnell is not done recruiting for the class of 2011. Learn what more could be in store for the spring signing period in this report.

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell inked the sixth member of his 2011 recruiting class today with the addition of Charles McKinney.

McKinney is a Chicago-area native who attended Maine East for three years before transferring to Quality Education.

"We're really pleased to add Charles to the fold," Purnell said. "He is the kind of tough athlete from a winning program that we need to build with. He's anxious to be here and we're anxious to have him."

Scout.com's Evan Daniels described McKinney as "a pretty good athlete, (who) can lock down on defense and also has a pull-up floater in his arsenal."

McKinney played on the AAU Circuit with other Chicago-area players on the Full Package team.

"Charles is a big-time player," said Full Package coach Steve Pratt. "He's going to be very good and he'll contribute right away."

"He's a combo guard," added Pratt. "He's very, very tough and a phenomenal competitor. He's won a lot of games in his life. He plays bigger than he is and is real strong."

Pratt also sees McKinney as a good fit for Purnell's full court press.

"He's a big-time defender," said Steve. "I think it's a great system for him."

McKinney averaged 12.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.2 steals per game for the QEA Pharoahs. QEA finished the year with a 26-4 record and won the NCSAA Division I championship for the third straight season.

McKinney joins Macari Brooks, Jamee Crockett, Shane Larkin, and Derrell Robertson in the Class of 2011 for DePaul along with Miami transfer Donnavan Kirk.

DePaul's recruiting class is ranked 25th in the nation by MaxPreps.com and is listed as the seventh best recruiting class in the Big East conference.

More to Come?

Purnell has an opportunity to raise that ranking from 25th in the nation. This weekend, the Blue Demons will be hosting 6-8 forward Montray Clemons on an official visit.

Clemons is playing at Mack Prep in North Carolina this season, but originally hails from Baltimore and played for the same Cecil Kirk AAU program as DePaul freshman Cleveland Melvin.

"Montray is 6-8, a face-up four, very athletic, but not as athletic as Cleveland," said Cecil Kirk coach Anthony Lewis. "He shoots the ball, he can put it on the deck and take it to the bucket. He's a very, very good player."

Clemons has been hearing from Boston College, DePaul, Iowa State, and a number of Atlantic 10 schools.


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