Sweet Home Chicago for Koshwal

Nyal "Mac" Koshwal is the 37th ranked prospect in Scout.com's Class of 2007. The 6-8 240 lb. big man from Boys to Men Math and English Academy in Chicago has chosen to play his college ball at DePaul University. Koshwal verbally committed to Coach Jerry Wainwright and the DePaul Blue Demons to be part of the recruiting class of 2007.

Koshwal chose the Blue Demons over Illinois, Louisville, LSU, Tennessee, and USC. Mac joins Croatian forward Matija Poscic and Michigan guard Darquavis Tucker in the class of 2007 for Wainwright's Blue Demons.

Mac Koshwal's stock rose while playing at the 2006 Reebok ABCD Camp and on the AAU circuit with the Chicago Jaguars this summer. Koshwal is the #1 big man in the state of Illinois in the class of 2007 and is the highest ranked recruit to ever verbally commit to coach Jerry Wainwright. Mac will join his former AAU and prep school teammate Thijin Moses at DePaul in the fall of 2007.

For Mac, it was really a matter of staying home. Koshwal and Moses were born in the Sudan, emigrated to Canada and eventually ended up making their home in Chicago. "Mac's adopted home is Chicago," said Boys to Men coach Loren Jackson. "He felt that Chicago is the place that he should continue the development in his career. Coach Wainwright and (associate head) Coach (Gary) DeCesare have been recruiting him from the beginning. They just jumped in when Coach Wainwright got the job (at DePaul) and he offered Mac and (current Blue Demon) Thijin (Moses) a scholarship last year. He said ‘we're not going to recruit anybody else at that position'. He stuck by his word. Also the fact that I've known Coach Wainwright since I was twelve years old helps too."

Besides staying home, Koshwal was looking for a high level of competition in the Big East conference. "The Big East had a lot to do with it," Jackson noted. "He is trying to go to the next level after college. If you look at the last couple NBA drafts, a lot of players are coming from the Big East. Night in and night out you're being challenged. You're playing against the best, you're playing in front of thousands. He has the opportunity to play in front of NBA personnel every night as well."

When Mac made his verbal commitment to Jerry Wainwright today, what exactly did he say to him? "He said ‘Coach, what is Derrick Rose's phone number?'," Jackson said, referring to the elite Class of 2007 point guard from Chicago Simeon High School. "Mac is trying to get in touch with Derrick."

It wasn't necessarily an easy decision for Koshwal. "It was a tough decision from the standpoint that he felt really good at Tennessee," Loren expressed. "Tennessee was great. (Vols coach) Bruce Pearl was great. It was just a situation where DePaul is home. His American family will get a chance to see him play a great deal. We can stay on top of him with his academics, that would have been a lot tougher with Tennessee."

Loren Jackson closed with one final thought. "Look out Big East, here comes DePaul!"

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