Juco Big Man Picks DePaul

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell landed some frontcourt help for the 2013 recruiting class with the commitment of junior college power forward Forrest Robinson on Sunday morning.

Forrest Robinson, a 6-10, 230 lb. sophomore power forward from South Plains junior college in Texas verbally committed while on his official visit to DePaul.

Robinson chose DePaul over Bradley, Mississippi State, and Tennessee Tech. "I liked the playing opportunity," Forrest said of his decision. "I liked Coach Purnell's and DePaul's style of play. The way that they play, it suits me well. It's a great city and a great campus. They are like a family up there."

Robinson plays in a similar fast paced system at South Plains junior college in the Lone Star state.

"It's uptempo," said Robinson. "They like to run and get it up the court and spread everything out and have a lot of spacing. Which is good, I think that's great for me."

Robinson spent Friday and Saturday checking out DePaul's campus and touring the city.

"It was my first time in Chicago, it was nice," Forrest said. "Everybody is real nice there. I love Chicago, the city is good. I liked DePaul. I like the environment up there. It's a real nice atmosphere. We went all around the city, saw where the Bulls play and we toured the campus."

Purnell was elated when Robinson decided to verbally commit to the Blue Demons .

"Coach Purnell was all for it," said Forrest. "He was all excited. He said ‘Welcome to the family'. I'm glad to be a part of it."

Forrest gives the Blue Demons a face-up power forward for 2013.

"I'm a versatile, inside-outside four man," said Forrest. "My biggest strength is shooting the ball. I'm more of a face-up four."

Robinson joins Morgan Park guard Billy Garrett, Jr. in the class of 2013 for the Blue Demons.

The two future Blue Demons got to know each other over the weekend.

"I spent a lot of time with Billy Garrett, Jr.," said Robinson.

Together Garrett and Robinson will face the trials of playing in the Big East.

"I think it's going to be fun," Forrest said. "I think it will be a challenge. If you can't challenge yourself, then you're got good enough. It will be great, there is a lot of exposure in that league."

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