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DePaul vs. Rockhurst Exhibition Game Preview

Friday night’s exhibition game in Lincoln Park represents the first time DePaul fans can get a look at the 2016-17 rendition of the Blue Demons.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. Rockhurst Hawks – Friday, November 4th, 8 p.m. Central – McGrath-Phillips Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

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Friday night’s exhibition game in Lincoln Park represents the first time DePaul fans can get a look at the 2016-17 rendition of the Blue Demons. 

What they will see is a retooled team with a lot of newcomers.

Coach Dave Leitao and the Blue Demons will welcome back Drew Diener to campus on Friday night.  Diener, who is the older brother of former Blue Demon Drake Diener, served as DePaul’s Director of Basketball Operations in 2004-05.

Diener also worked under Leitao as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia after Leitao departed DePaul.  

Drew is in his second year at the helm of the Rockhurst basketball program.   Rockhurst is a Division II school located in Kansas City, Missouri that competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Diener arrived at Rockhurst after six years at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he had success at the NAIA level. 

Joining Drew on his coaching staff, as an assistant coach, at Rockhurst is his father – Dick Diener, who was a legendary high school basketball coach in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin for many years.

In Diener’s first season at Rockhurst, the Hawks finished with a 12-15 record, but are expected to make a move upwards this season. Rockhurst was picked to finish in fourth place in the GLVC West in the league’s preseason poll.

The leading returning scorer for the Hawks is a familiar name from the Chicago area.  5-8 senior guard Malachi Nix, who played at Niles North High School, averaged 11.3 points per game for Rockhurst last season.  Nix signed with Division I program Fairleigh Dickinson and played there for two years before transferring to Rockhurst.

Debuting for the Hawks this season is seven foot center Gabe Brown, who transferred to Rockhurst after playing two years in Division I at American University.

Following Friday’s game, Rockhurst will travel to Milwaukee where they will face the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon. 

The DePaul vs. Rockhurst game will be the second game of an exhibition doubleheader.  The game will immediately follow the women’s game between DePaul and St. Francis of Illinois. 

Rockhurst Roster

#          Full Name       Pos.     Ht.       Wt.      Class    Hometown / Highschool         Previous School

2          Malachi Nix    G         5-8       155      Sr.        Evanston, Ill. / Niles North     Fairleigh Dickinson

3          Connor Evans F          6-5       190      So.       Wichita, Kan. / Bishop Carroll          

4          Undra Wilson  G         5-9       160      Fr.        Memphis, Tenn. / Christian Brothers College           

5          John Burton    G         6-0       160      So.       Kansas City, Mo. / Raytown 

10        Will Hrubes    F          6-6       200      Fr.        Germantown, Tenn. / Briarcrest Christian     

11        Kade Salisbury            G         6-4       200      Jr.        Riverton, Wyo. / Riverton      Harcum College

12        Alex Hagan     F          6-7       220      Jr.        Lake St. Louis, Mo. / St. Dominic     

14        Mason Loewen           G         6-3       190      Jr.        Vancouver, Canada / Claremont Secondary            Cowley Country CC

20        Travis House   G         6-2       195      Jr.        El Dorado, Kan. / El Dorado  Butler County CC

21        Gabe Brown    C         7-0       230      Jr.        Stony Brook, N.Y. / Ward Melville    American University

25        Kaleb Warner  F          6-7       195      Jr.        Mercer Island, Wash. / Mercer Island North Idaho College 

42        Zach Burch     F          6-6       220      Fr.        Butler, Mo. / Butler   

50        Will Kathrein  C         6-8       230      Jr.        Omaha, Neb. / Creighton Prep

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