Now that Jerry Wainwright has got comfortable with easing into his new job as the head men's basketball coach at DePaul, he has had to make up ground on the recruiting front. He has made recruiting a priority, especially in the Chicago area. He has stunningly already secured a verbal commitment from a soon to be high school freshman, Cully Payne. But Payne won't be on board until 2009, so Wainwright and company have a list of 2006 targets that can contribute next year.
One of those needs is a wing who can shoot. And that priority is Devan Bawinkel out of Winnebago, Illinois. Bawinkel is a 6'5" wing who can be deadly from three point range. Bawinkel is a heads up player who has a great feel for the game. He was third in steals at the prestigious Reebok ABCD camp. He feels his strengths are pull up jumpers, shooting, and coming off the dribble and passing. He says he wants to work on his defense, and get his body weight and strength up.
If Bawinkel were to end up a Blue Demon he sees himself comfortable at DePaul. "I think I can fit in well there," said Bawinkel. "I talked to Coach Wainwright, they run a motion offense like my high school and I think I can fit in pretty good". DePaul is definitely in the mix. "I visited there to meet Coach Wainwright (in late June). I had a real good talk with him and I really like him a lot. I always wanted to go to DePaul growing up because they were my first college game I went to. I saw Quentin Richardson play (vs. Duke at the United Center in 2000). I‘ve also had interest. I like the big city, I like Chicago. I like the campus."
Bawinkel has nothing but praise for Coach Wainwright. "From other coaches, I just heard, he tells the truth, he tells it like it is, he is not going to lie to you," remarked Bawinkel. "When he is interested, he'll tell you, and when he is not interested he'll tell you. I just like him because he is honest and I just like his personality. I think he is a good guy and I think he's going to start something new at DePaul and get the winning tradition back."
Bawinkel has other suitors besides DePaul. "I like Georgetown, I like Tennessee, I like West Virginia and UCONN, and then Michigan State," stated Bawinkel. With the interest, then come the campus visits. "I'm going to try and visit definitely Georgetown and Tennessee in August. Then I already lined up visits to Michigan State and DePaul."
When asked if DePaul entering the Big East conference makes any difference, Devan replied, "To me that's the top conference in the nation. A lot of people could argue that the ACC is. But I think the Big East is loaded and I think you're not going to have any off night on any night and every game is tough."
You can catch Bawinkel with his AAU team, the Illinois Wolves, this summer along with his backcourt mate Will Walker. Check in at WeAreDepaul.com for more updates and news about Devan and other recruits.
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