Cleveland Melvin verbally committed to new DePaul Blue Demons coach Oliver Purnell today.
He chose DePaul over interest and offers from Rutgers, Seton Hall and Marshall. Melvin took official visits to Marshall the weekend of April 23rd, Seton Hall last week, and Rutgers on the 13th.
Melvin comes to DePaul from Baltimore by way of a post-grad year at Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts.
The 6-7, 190 lb. forward took his official visit to DePaul last fall while Jerry Wainwright was coach of the Blue Demons. He verballed to Connecticut in November, but then opened his recruitment up again in early March.
Melvin is an athletic combo forward with developing perimeter skills. He is described as freakishly athletic and capable of playing either forward position. The 3-star prospect was ranked as the 40th best power forward in the 2010 class by Scout.com.
"His upside is tremendous," said Cecil Kirk AAU coach Anthony Lewis. "He has that freakish athleticism that he's blessed with. He is a very tough and tenacious defender. He's got a nice mid-range, he's expanding that range to beyond the arc. I see him as a three/four (combo forward) who will transition to all three (small forward). His transition game is excellent."
As a senior at Lake Clifton high school in Baltimore, Melvin averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots per game. Melvin led the Lakers to an undefeated 28-0 season and a Maryland Class 3A state championship as a senior.
Melvin becomes new head coach Oliver Purnell's first signee in the 2010 class as coach of the Blue Demons.
Melvin joins Moses Morgan, Walter Pitchford, and Brandon Young in DePaul's recruiting class for 2010.
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