Dolins to Walk on at DePaul

Niles West guard Cory Dolins has decided to enroll at DePaul and walk on to the men's basketball team this fall. In this report, hear what the future Blue Demon has to say and what his addition might mean to the future of recruiting for the Blue Demons.

After meeting with DePaul coach Oliver Purnell today, Cory Dolins accepted a spot on the Blue Demons squad as a preferred walkon for next season.

"I feel great, I'm so happy," said the 6-0, 170 lb. guard from Niles West.

Purnell explained to Dolins his role with the team for next season.

"He said that if I work very hard, and lead by example, if I work hard enough, I get better at shooting and stronger, he'll need me to play some minutes," said Cory. "Maybe, not right away, but I'll play some minutes."

Dolins chose DePaul over an offer to play as a preferred walkon for Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. He also had offers from a number of Division III programs.

One of the reasons, Dolins chose DePaul was because of the reputation of their Accounting program.

"I liked their Honors Accounting program," said Dolins. "It's a very select program where most of the students get jobs after their junior year. Also, the campus is great. I liked the feel of the campus. "

Dolins was familiar with the DePaul program having attended games against Syracuse and Seton Hall at Allstate Arena this season.

The DePaul coach staff also was appealing to Cory.

"I like their style, they value working hard," said Dolins. "They are great coaches who are fair and believe in fundamentals."

Dolins, who was named team MVP at Niles West as a senior, will give Purnell someone who can work hard in practice to help make the DePaul guards get better.

"I' m a one mostly, I can play the two also," said Cory. "I play pretty good defense. Offensively, I don't turn the ball over."

Dolins played with future Blue Demon Billy Garrett, Jr. and Simeon forward Jabari Parker back in junior high school. The three have remained tight ever since.

"Jabari and I are best friends," said Cory. "I've stayed in touch with both Billy and Jabari. They're great guys."

Parker, who is's top prospect in the class of 2013, and Dolins are truly the best of friends.

"We hang out a lot," said Cory. "We chill. We talk about school and sports, anything really. I went to his dinner when he was named national player of the year."

Cory has a lot of respect for Parker.

"He's just a great person to be around. He's the most humble man I've ever met."

Which of course begs the question – what are the chances that Parker joins Dolins and Garrett at DePaul in 2013?

"We don't talk about college that much, but it's a possibility," said Cory. "I'm not going to push him too hard. I want him to make his decision. If he feels it's the right choice, then I will be very, very, very, very happy. if he comes to DePaul."

If that happens, Cory won't be the only one that's happy.

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