DePaul Inks Three for 2015

DePaul head men’s basketball coach Oliver Purnell officially announced three signees for his 2015 recruiting class today. Oumar Barry, Develle Phillips, and Raymond Doby all signed on to join the Blue Demons for next season.

Oumar Barry is a 6-9 power forward/center out of Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He originally hails from the West African country of Guinea. Barry has a reputation as a big time shot blocker and rebounder who is quickly developing his game. He will provide defense on the interior and give the Blue Demons some depth in the frontcourt next season.

“Oumar really gives us an opportunity to address our size needs,” Purnell said. “He’s a young active and athletic big with a very good motor.”

Click on the link below to view video of Barry in action.

Oumar Barry Video

Raymond Doby has signed with the Blue Demons for the second time. He originally signed a letter of intent with DePaul in May of this year, but did not qualify academically for the 2014 season. He is currently enrolled at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin where he is doing postgraduate work. The 6-7 athletic, face-up forward originally hails from Cahokia, Illinois and finished his AAU career with the Chicago-based Mac Irvin Fire AAU program.

“Raymond Doby is the best athlete of the bunch,” Purnell said. “He’s probably as good of an athlete that we have on our team. He is a developing scorer and a proven rebounder. I think he will fit in really well next season.”

Click on the link below to see highlights of Ray Doby playing with Montrose Christian in a game against Findlay Prep last season.

Develle Phillips is a 6-9, 215 lb. combo forward and is a 3-star prospect from Clinton Christian School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Phillips is a long, athletic forward, who runs the floor well and can face up and score. Phillips played for the D.C. Premier AAU program along with Oumar Barry this summer.

“In Develle Phillips I saw more activity than any big that I saw all summer,” said Purnell. “The fact that he’s so active allows him to be involved in so many plays. He’s very disruptive defensively.”

Phillips received quite a bit a publicity over this summer because of the below video of his throwdown over seven footer Thon Maker

“We’ve got some athletic size coming,” Purnell said on WSCR Radio. “We’ve got two kids from the Washington D.C. area, which we are very high on. Oumar Barry, who hails from Guinea, he’s been in the D.C. area for 2 ½ years now. We saw him when he first came over. He’s grown and improved an awful lot since then. He’s very active, agile, big guy with tremendous upside and a very good runner and shot blocker. We like him a lot. Also from the D.C. area, Develle Phillips is very active, athletic, he’s kind of a busy player. He reminds me a lot of some of the bigs we had back at Clemson, particularly when we are looking to press and run more. He’s very aggressive and getting a lot bigger and stronger.”

Then there is Doby, who will finally get the opportunity to put on a DePaul uniform.

“We’ve also added the athletic 6-7 ½ Raymond Doby, who we thought we were going to get last year, but he came up one credit short,” Purnell said. “He’s going to prep school at St. John’s Military in Milwaukee. He’s doing an excellent job, they are really helping him to emerge as a big time scorer as well. He’s very athletic. I want to say he reminds me an awful lot of Rashaun Stimage, but our fans, a lot of them haven’t seen him. He’s a bouncy, athletic kid, who can do a little bit of inside and out. He certainly fits the mold of the kind of guys we’re trying to bring in.”

The Blue Demons filled some front court needs in the fall signing period and still have two scholarships remaining for the spring signing period.

“We’re getting some inside guys early,” said Purnell. “We’re losing Forrest Robinson and Greg Sequele next year. We certainly want to replace those guys with some guys that can do a lot of the same things, but in some cases I think they’ll be even better inside.”

DePaul Also Signs Brendan McMahon for the 2014-15 season

In what was a classy gesture by the Blue Demons, Purnell also announced the signing of Brendan McMahon for this season. McMahon is an 11-year-old Chicago native who was diagnosed with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy when he was six years old. McMahon signed his National Letter of Intent on November 13th with the DePaul team and coaching staff.

The DePaul men’s basketball and women’s softball programs have partnered with Team IMPACT. Team IMPACT is an organization who matches courageous kids with college athletic teams. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.

“We are tremendously excited about announcing the addition of Brendan McMahon to our program,” said Purnell. “We have every confidence that bringing Brendan on board will strengthen the grit, the determination and the heart of our team.”

Click on the link below to view video of Brandon’s press conference on November 13th.

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