DePaul Adds Four to Roster

The Blue Demons have added four men's basketball players to their 2009-10 roster as walk-ons, DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright announced this week. Also freshman forward Tony Freeland will enroll in the Winter Quarter while he waits to hear from the NCAA Academic Clearinghouse.

The 6-6 forward from Los Angeles will join the Blue Demons after averaging 21.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots during his senior season at Fremont High School.

"We're looking forward to getting Tony on board with our program and the addition of the four new players will help our returning core from last season every day on the floor, in the weight room and in the classroom," Wainwright said. "Each of these players along with our sixth newcomer, Mike Stovall, will help us improve together as a team this season."

Joining the DePaul roster as walk-on's are Joe Belcaster, Jimmy Drew, Nate Rogers and Ryan Siggins.

Belcaster played at Morton High School in Berwyn, which also happens to be Wainwright's alma mater. The point guard led the Mustangs to a 23-6 record last season that included a championship at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament before falling to eventual state champion Whitney Young in the IHSA sectional semifinals. Ironically, Wainwright played on the last team from Morton to win the Proviso West tournament in 1962.

Drew, is a junior transfer from Southeast Missouri State. He will sit out the 2009-10 season under NCAA guidelines. He played at Southeast Missouri State from 2006-08 before a foot injury caused him to miss the entire 2008-09 season. In 51 games with the Redhawks, Drew averaged 2.9 points in 11.4 minutes per game while going 38-for-103 (.369) from three-point range. During the 2007-08 season he led the team with a 40.3% shooting percentage from three point territory.

Jimmy came to Southeast Missouri from Anna-Jonesboro High School in Anna, Illinois where he was coach by his father Jim. He averaged 23.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and was also all-state in football as a quarterback.

Nate Rogers is the most heralded for the four. The 6-0 point guard played at at St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Ill. for legendary coach Gene Pingatore. He led the Chargers to an IHSA Sectional finals appearance with 23 points in a 75-55 win over Marshall. The Chargers finished the season with a 26-4 record during Rogers' senior year. Rogers had a scholarship offer from Chicago State, yet chose to walk-on at DePaul where his mother is employed. In June 2009, Nate was named to the IBCA All-Star Game for Class 3A/4A.

Ryan Siggins was a two-time Greater Catholic League Player of the Year for the North Division after totaling 925 points three seasons at Archbishop Alter in Kettering, Ohio. There he also accumulated 464 rebounds, 178 assists, 120 steals, 102 three-pointers and 58 blocked shots. As a senior he led the GCL North with 18.5 points per game as Alter finished the season with a 15-7 record. Ryan's father Joe played for the Dayton Flyers from 1974-78.

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