Zach Norvell Expands Game in the Spring

MINNEAPOLIS -- One of the best players in the state of Illinois in the Class of 2016 is Simeon guard Zach Norvell. The lefty 6-foot-4 guard recently picked up a scholarship offer from DePaul as new head coach Dave Leitao has made him a local priority.

DePaul assistant coach Billy Garrett Sr. has been the point man for Norvell as he's known the coach for a few years already.

"They were just saying they have a new coach now and he heard about me a couple of times. He saw me play a couple of EYBL sessions," Norvell said of DePaul. "They like my game and they would like to see me on their campus one day. They're looking for a lot of new guys, keeping a lot of new guys at home."

One of the reasons Norvell is intrigued by DePaul is his admiration of rising-junior guard Billy Garrett Jr. Since Norvell plays with the Mac Irvin Fire, he's familar with Garrett's success in the program and beyond and he's familiar with Garrett Sr. from his time around the program.

"It's cool because growing up, his son played for the Fire," Norvell said of the Garretts. "I look up to Billy a lot and he's a big-time guard; a big guard such as myself. So I like DePaul."

To go along with the offer from DePaul, Norvell claimed scholarship offers from Bradley, Florida State, Loyola, Memphis, Oklahoma and Wake Forest. The recruiting process has been enjoyable for Norvell and he's focusing on a few factors that will help him decide on the next level.

"Just a family-like environment where I feel like I can fit in and me and the coaches have a great relationship," Norvell said. "Somewhere I feel I can come in and develop as a player, a student and a man. A winning a program and somewhere me and my family are comfortable with."

Part of the reason Norvell is comfortable with the recruiting process is his career at Simeon. As the next guard in a long-line of Divison I players, Norvell got to experience how high-level recruiting worked early in his career with the Wolverines.

"When I was a freshman, it was Jabari, Kendrick Nunn, Jaylon Tate and they told me how to take it all in, don't get too stressed about it and have fun with it," Norvell said of the process. "At the end of the day, make a decision that I'm comfortable with and don't let anybody pressure me."

Although Norvell is taking his time with things and doesn't have any visits set up, he's targeting a fall decision before his senior season gets going.

"Right now, I was thinking the middle of November. Right before the season," Norvell said. "I don't want to go into the season thinking about what school is watching me or anything."

Keep it to for the latest on Norvell and DePaul basketball recruiting.

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