Recruits Take In DePaul's Blue Madness

Some of the best prospects that the city of Chicago has to offer were in attendance at DePaul's Blue Madness on Friday night, as the Blue Demons tipped off the official start of basketball practice for the 2009-10 season. Prospects from the classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 were in the house. In this report, learn more about who came out to DePaul's McGrath Arena.

New Creations Prep (Indiana) forward Walter Pitchford, a DePaul commit for the class of 2010, is on campus this weekend for his official visit with the Blue Demons. Joining Pitchford this weekend is Brandon Young, the point guard from the nation's capitol, who committed to the Blue Demons last month.

Among the many local recruits that came to watch the festivities in Lincoln Park were:


Phillip Jackson – Hyde Park


Wayne Blackshear – Morgan Park

Mike Shaw – DeLaSalle

Jacob Williams – St. Patrick's

Mycheal Henry - Orr


C.J. Jones – Orr


Jabari Parker - Simeon

Billy Garrett, Jr. – Morgan Park

Terrance Quinn – Morgan Park

Xavier Taylor – Morgan Park

Marquis Williams – Morgan Park

Jaylen Tate - DeLaSalle

Royale Ewing - St. Patrick's


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The recruits watched performances from a Michael Jackson impersonator and the Blue Demons Slam Dunk contest.

"I thought it was really exciting, seeing all the hard work that they were putting in on dunking," said Morgan Park freshman Xavier Taylor.

The dunk contest was won by freshman walkon Nate Rogers from St. Joseph's high school over junior college transfer Mike Stovall and Ohio State transfer Eric Wallace.

"The atmosphere was crazy," said Morgan Park wing Wayne Blackshear, who is ranked 12th in the Class of 2011 and third at shooting guard by

"Like Wayne said, the atmosphere was crazy," said DeLaSalle forward Mike Shaw, who ranks as the 40th best player in the Class of 2011 and the eighth best power forward in the nation. "It was a good experience. We got to see how they have fun."

"It was a good experience seeing the DePaul player's play and their attributes on the court," said Simeon freshman Jabari Parker.

Stay tuned in the coming days for more reports on the Blue Demons and Blue Madness.

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