Cleveland Melvin Signs With DePaul

A day after deciding to attend DePaul University in the fall, 6-8 forward Cleveland Melvin signed his national letter of intent to play for the Blue Demons next season.

As a senior at Lake Clifton High School in Baltimore in 2009, 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. Lake Clifton finished the season ranked fifth in the East region by USA Today.

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

"Cleveland Melvin really fits well into the up-tempo style of play," said new DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. "He is a tremendous athlete with a tremendous work ethic and a love for the game of basketball. I believe all of that translates into a bright future."

Melvin, who at one time was verbally committed to UConn, chose DePaul over Marshall, Rutgers, and Seton Hall.

Melvin looks forward to joining a freshman class at DePaul that includes point guard Brandon Young, wing Moses Morgan, and forward Walter Pitchford.

"The coaching staff is great," said Melvin. "I have the opportunity to come in and play a lot of minutes as a freshman and be a big impact to that team. The city of Chicago is a great atmosphere. It's much different from home. It's a great situation for me."

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