DePaul Inks McDonald, Has Room for One More

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell signed the third member of his 2012 recruiting class on Wednesday in Nevada guard Durrell McDonald. Purnell still hopes to add one more to the class before he is done. Learn more about the Blue Demons recruiting class in this report.

Wednesday marked the first day of the spring signing period which runs through May 16th. Durrell McDonald, a 6-2 combo guard from Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada, signed his national letter of intent with DePaul on Wednesday afternoon.

McDonald, who goes by the nickname of "Nugget", chose DePaul over interest from Penn State. He averaged 21.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists while leading the Gators to the semi-finals of the Class 4A Nevada state championship.

"Durrell is a tremendous run and jump athlete who can play either guard position," coach Oliver Purnell said. "I expect him to compete for significant playing time immediately."

Durrell is quite an athlete, he recently cleared the 6-10 high jump mark at a track and field event in Nevada. That mark is currently tied for eighth in the nation.

McDonald is a dazzling ballhandler who is capable of playing either guard spot on the floor.

"I see myself as more of a combo guard," said Durrell. "When people need a point guard and need somebody to get them into motion, I feel like I can really do that. Whatever coach needs from me, if they need points, I can get buckets here and there, rebound, and hustle plays too. Whatever Coach asks me, I'll be able to do it."

McDonald will be the second player on the roster to hail from Nevada. He joins Blue Demon sophomore Moses Morgan, who is from Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas.

McDonald is often compared to his father, Darryl McDonald. The elder McDonald grew up in Harlem, NY and played at Texas A&M. He then went on to play professionally in Australia up until the age of 44.

McDonald becomes the third member of Purnell's 2012 recruiting class joining Gary, Indiana forward DeJuan Marrero and Detroit, Michigan sharpshooter Jodan Price.

Purnell would like to add one more recruit this spring to turn that trio into a quartet. DePaul's biggest need is at the center position. The Blue Demons remain in the hunt for Chris Obekpa, a 6-9 shotblocker from Our Savior New American in New York. Obekpa visited DePaul's Lincoln Park campus in January.

The 4-star big man is ranked by Scout.com as the 20th best center and is 74th overall in the class of 2012.

Also vying for Obekpa's services are Cincinnati, St. John's and Oregon. Obekpa plans to visit Oregon on April 22nd before making his decision in late April or early May.


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