DePaul vs. St. Edward's Game Preview

The St. Edward's Hilltoppers arrive at the DePaul Athletic Center on Saturday.

Key Information

November 5th Exhibition Game - DePaul Blue Demons vs. St. Edward's, TX - 7:00 p.m. - DePaul Athletic Center

Note: The DePaul Women's basketball team takes on the St. Xavier Cougars at 5:00 p.m.

Game Preview

Who is St. Edward's? The Hilltoppers are a Division II school from Austin, Texas that are led by former Northern Illinois University assistant coach Ryan Marks. Marks is in his second year at St. Edward's and previously was the head coach at South Vermont in Division III. The Hilltoppers finished 6-21 in Marks' first season at the helm.

The Hilltoppers return to Chicago after taking on the Blue Demons in an exhibition game last year. The Blue Demons won that one 79-56 behind the scoring of LeVar Seals and Drake Diener. St. Edward's was led by Chris Smith's 17 points while James Gaskin added 14. Gaskin, a 6-7 forward, is back for the Hilltoppers along with the lone returning starter - guard Brandon Foskey. Foskey is the leading scorer among the returnees at 5.1 points per game.

While St. Edward's is a Division II school, they do feature three guards with Division I experience in Shawn Weinstein (San Diego State), Darrell Thompson (Baylor), and David Lunn (Delaware).

Ja'Faar Johnson who averaged 8.6 points per game for St. Edward's last year will redshirt this season.

Below is the Hilltoppers roster listing the players that will be active for this game.

2005-06 ROSTER

No. Name Pos. Cl. Ht. Hometown/High School (College)

3 Chavon Farmer G Jr. 5-10 Evansville, IN/Central (Frank Phillips CC)

4 Daniel Pierre F/C Jr. 6-7 Brooklyn, NY/Art & Design (SUNY Cobleskill)

10 Craig Gilson G Jr. 6-1 Sugarland, TX/Strake Jesuit HS

11 Shawn Weinstein G So. 6-1 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (San Diego State)

12 Cornelius Gilleylen G Jr. 5-6 Amory, MS/Amory (Itawamba CC)

20 Taylor Land G Fr. 6-0 Flower Mound, TX/Marcus

22 James Gaskin F Gr. 6-7 Danbury, TX/Danbury

23 Andrew Nagel G Jr. 6-3 Boerne, TX/Boerne

24 Brandon Foskey G Jr. 6-4 Elkton, MD/North East (Cecil CC)

32 Darrell Thompson G So. 6-2 Bedford, TX/Trinity (Baylor University)

33 David Lunn G Jr. 6-4 Baltimore, MD (University of Delaware)

42 Kenneth Edwards F Jr. 6-6 Colorado Springs, CO/Wasson

44 Dian Ivanov G/F Fr. 6-4 Ruse, Bulgaria

50 Jeff Obersteller F Jr. 6-7 Portland, TX/Gregory

52 Taylor Mullenax F Fr. 6-7 Beaumont, TX/Kelly

Head Coach Ryan Marks (University of Southern California, '93)

Assistant Coach Steve Groothuis (University of Delaware, '02)

Volunteer Assistants Clifton Jones, Brandon Lepow, Rodrick Rhodes, Bobby Schwartz

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