Ohio State's Wallace to Transfer to DePaul

Ohio State freshman forward Eric Wallace will transfer to DePaul University in Chicago and will be eligible to play for the Blue Demons in the 2009-10 season. Check out the breaking news in this report.

Scout.com's Jeff Goodman confirmed today that Wallace will transfer to DePaul.

A 6-5 forward, Eric Wallace came to Ohio State following his senior year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. He played in 15 games last season and averaged 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in limited minutes for the Buckeyes.

Wallace got an up-close look at DePaul during an official visit to Chicago the weekend of May 17th. He had also received interest from LSU.

Wallace, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., was rated the 29th-best small forward in the country by Scout.com and a three-star prospect in the class of 2007.

DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright spent many years in Winston-Salem as an assistant coach at Wake Forest University and knows the area well. "Coach Wainwright saw the kind of player I was coming out of high school," said Wallace. "He knows that area and the Wilmington area. He remembered what kind of person I was and how I conducted myself on the court and how hard I played. I kind of got lost in the shuffle in college basketball, but he remembered that I had a lot of potential. That led to the official visit."

Wallace has some tremendous athleticism and boasts a 43 inch vertical leap. "I'm very versatile," Wallace said. "I can play the guard spot. I can play the four spot. I have very good range. I'm more of a slasher and very athletic."

Wainwright likes to have versatile players like Wallace in his system at DePaul. "He doesn't like labeling players as forward, guard, etc.," Wallace observed. "He likes having players who can be in the post or on the perimeter. Maybe a bigger guard can slip down and guard a power forward. He likes versatility when it comes to his offense and defense."

Under NCAA transfer rules, Wallace will sit out the 2008-09 season and will have three years of eligibility remaining.


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