With Larkin no longer on the roster, DePaul now finds themselves in search of a point guard for one of their three scholarships to offer for 2012. Former Chicagoan Adonis Filer could be the guy that Purnell is looking for.
Many readers will remember Filer from Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago. After his junior season at Mt. Carmel, Adonis crossed the state line into Hammond, Indiana where he starred for Bishop Noll High School as a senior.
Filer led Bishop Noll all the way to the Indiana State championship game and averaged 15.9 points per game.
He then received the honor of being named to the Indiana All-Stars squad.
Lots of colleges were interested in Filer, but he lacked the ACT score that he needed to gain admission. So now Filer is off to Brewster Academy in Massachusetts where he will play this season and work on his academics.
The 6-3 point guard spent the summer playing with the SYF Players on the AAU circuit where he dished the ball to fellow Brewster teammate Mitch McGary and worked on his scoring and defense.
Together SYF won the 17 and under championship of the NY2LA Summer Jam in Milwaukee last month. Filer had nine assists and 14 points for SYF in the championship game.
Filer visited DePaul's Lincoln Park campus this weekend and is considering visiting again.
"I just visited DePaul," said Filer. "It went well, real well."
Once school resumes at Brewster, Filer will be able to start taking official visits.
"I'm going to take a few official visits," said Adonis. "I don't have any scheduled yet. I know I want to take an official to DePaul."
Overall, Filer liked what the DePaul coaching staff had to say on his visit.
"They said I could come right in and play if I was to commit there," said Filer. "One of the point guards they have coming in decided not to go there. They told me that it would be a really good situation for me, because I could come right in and play. I like the coach and the Big East conference. I like the way they play and their system basically."
Athleticism runs in Filer's family. His older brother Steve is a linebacker with Notre Dame.
Filer has a reputation as a point guard who will push the ball in an uptempo system like DePaul's and as a lock-down defender.
"I think a lot of people compare me to Derrick Rose just because I'm from Chicago and he's from Chicago," said Adonis. "I would love to say that I play exactly like Derrick Rose, but I don't think that's the case. I'm trying to get my game exactly like his. A lot of people tell me I've got a Russell Westbrook type of game. I can drive and attack. I'm pretty tough like that. Then I've got a defensive game like Rajon Rondo."
Adonis currently has offers from Baylor, Oregon State, Tennessee, and Utah. He is also receiving interest from Texas A&M and Xavier.
Filer's next move will be to arrive at Brewster in Masssachusetts where he will work on getting ready for the next level both on and off the court.
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