DePaul Signs Two for 2012, More to Come?

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell announced the signings of Gary, Indiana small forward DeJuan Marrero along with Detroit, Michigan sharpshooter Jodan Price for the recruiting class of 2012 today.

DeJuan Marrero is one of the better small forward prospects in the class of 2012. The 6-6, 210 lb. forward from Bowman Academy in Gary, Indiana brings athleticism and defensive skills with him to DePaul next year.

Marrero is rated as a 3-star prospect by Scout.com. Marrero averaged 22.1 points and 15.3 rebounds per game during his junior season at Bowman. He will fit right into Coach Oliver Purnell's uptempo brand of basketball.

"They play full court," Marrero said. "He said that he'll put me at the three and he feels like I can guard the one, two, three, four and sometimes five."

"DeJuan Marrero is the all-around type player we like here at DePaul," said Purnell. "He has toughness, he's a team guy and he's from a winning program, DeJuan can do a lot of things on the floor and he'll fit very well into our system."

Marrero is looking forward to wearing blue next season.

"I'm excited," Marrero told WeAreDePaul.com. "I know the (DePaul) fans are crazy and are very excited. I'm going to help build back up their program."

Scout.com analyst Brian Snow feels that DePaul landed themselves a winner in Marrero.

"Marrero just did what he does," said Snow. "He was active on the glass, scored down low, and brought energy and effort when on the floor. Not a super skilled kid, Marrero just makes the plays to help his team win. He needs to be more efficient shooting the ball, but his handle looks better and his toughness is as at an extremely high level."

WeAreDePaul.com subscribers can click on the two links below to see video of Marrero in action in games in Champaign, Illinois and Fort Wayne, Indiana.







Jodan Price is a 6-7, 175 lb. sharpshooter from Detroit, Michigan. Price is rated as a 3-star prospect by Scout.com for 2012.

Price, who shot 41% from behind the arc at Detroit Country Day High School last season, gives Purnell the long-range marksman that he's been looking for in the 2012 recruiting class.

"(Purnell) said that they need a shooter that can extend the defense," said Price. "Basically a scorer and a shooter that can make an impact."

"He sees me at the two and wants me to be a big time shooter for the team, " Price told WeAreDePaul.com. "I'm a big-time scorer. I shoot the ball. I'm a tough player that never gives up."

"Jodan Price is a long shooter who is quickly developing into a good all-around player," said Purnell. "His size should really help us with our defensive pressure but certainly his shooting is a welcome addition."

Scout.com analyst Brian Snow described Price as "one of the best pure shooters in the class. Price has good length and a hair trigger, and usually when he shoots it, it is going in."

"I'm looking to get there and put DePaul back on the map and help bring success to the program," said Price.

Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels ranks DePaul's recruiting class as the 11th best in the Big East in the following story.

Big East Signing Day Breakdown

Yet, Purnell has a chance to raise that ranking.

More to Come?

While DePaul signed two prospects today, Purnell isn't quite done recruiting for 2012. The Blue Demons lead for Deontae Hawkins, a 3-star combo forward from Dayton, Ohio. As WeAreDePaul.com first reported last week, Hawkins was on campus last weekend for an official visit. Hawkins will visit Wichita State this weekend and will make a decision before the end of the early signing period. Learn more about Hawkins in the story below.

Hawkins to Visit DePaul


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