Mike Stovall Returns to the Windy City

After spending a year in the Pacific Northwest at Oregon State, former Marshall high guard Mike Stovall had the itch to return home to Chicago. Learn where the 6-5 junior college shooting guard is headed next season in this report.

Mike Stovall became DePaul men's basketball coach Jerry Wainwright's first verbal commitment of the class of 2009. Stovall cited Wainwright's style as a reason that he decided to become a Blue Demon. "Coach, he kept it real with me," Stovall said. "Everything he was telling me was real. The coach is real cool, he's a real cool coach."

Stovall played in seven games as a freshman for the Oregon State Beavers before deciding to transfer to Mineral Area Community College in Missouri last season. After traveling so much, Mike was looking to get back closer to his Chicago roots. "It's close to home, if I need anything, my parents are always there for me," Stovall said.

Stovall visited DePaul's Lincoln Park campus in early August. "I liked it," Stovall remarked. "The facilities are nice and everything. The number one reason that I like it is - it's the Big East. You can't go wrong with that. Every night is a big game."

With the school year having started at Mineral Area, Stovall wanted to get his decision complete. "I want to get the classes that I need to take down, so they can transfer to the school that I chose."

While Stovall built his reputation in Chicago as a shooting guard, many schools that recruited him believe that he can play the point guard position as well. "They feel that I can play the one or the two," Stovall said.

Stovall chose DePaul over interest from UAB, Colorado State, Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Washington and Western Kentucky.

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