DePaul Team Camp Preview

Newly-hired DePaul men's basketball coach Oliver Purnell wasted no time in making his presence known on the local recruiting scene. On Monday and Tuesday, the Blue Demons will host their first High School Team Camp featuring a bevy of prep talent from Illinois and Indiana. We preview the action in this report…

This week's team camp features one of the strongest fields of any high school tournament in Illinois this summer. Purnell and his DePaul staff have assembled the best teams from throughout Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Participating in the following 30 team field are:

Crete-Monee – Competing for the Warriors is 2011 recruit Jamie Crockett who has already verbally committed to the Blue Demons. Joining the athletic wing are Marvie Keith, and Kentrell King.

Von Steuben – The Panthers lost their leading scorers to graduation, coach Vince Carter will rely on a young nucleus.

Hales Franciscan – Brothers Aaron Armstead (2011) and Aaric Armstead (2012) form quite the tandem for the Spartans.

Orr – 2012 guard C.J. Jones joins 2011 wing Mychael Henry who has verbally committed to Illinois.

Brooks – The biggest question for Brooks is who will be coaching the team next season? Chris Head was recently fired after four years at the helm at Brooks. Wisconsin commit George Marshall leads Brooks at the point. Twin towers Keith Gray and Kevin Gray, and Mike Powell give Brooks a strong lineup.

Brehm Prep – Brehm makes the trip to Chicago all the way from Carbondale in Southern Illinois. Macari Brooks has joined their squad after being expelled from Rich South. 2011 point guard Bruce Barron is receiving high-major interest along with rising junior Emmanuel Ochenje.

Marshall – Rising senior Keifer Sykes is a standout for the Commandos.

North Chicago – Class of 2012 guard Aaron Simpson leads North Chicago. Some regard Simpson as the best prospect in Illinois in his class.

Gary Lew Wallace – 2011 forward Branden Dawson is a five-star rebounder extraordinaire for this team from Northwest Indiana.

Morgan Park – The Mustangs feature Louisville commit Wayne Blackshear. Billy Garrett, Jr., (2013) the son of DePaul assistant coach Billy Garrett has been a floor leader for Morgan Park. Add in Jerome Brown, Markee Williams, and Xavier Taylor and you see why Morgan Park won the city title this spring.

North Lawndale – Phoenix coach Lewis Thorpe lost his leading scorers to graduation and will look to a young crop of players to step up for his team in 2010.

Waukegan – Illinois Mr. Basketball Jereme Richmond is gone, but 6-2 guard Akeem Springs, Aaron Johnson, and Denocchio Pierce all return for the Bulldogs.

Benet – Benet, who advanced to the Elite Eight in the IHSA playoffs in March, has been tearing it up this summer. After a final four finish at the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout, Benet followed that up by taking the title at the York Shootout last weekend. Big man Frank Kaminsky is committed to Wisconsin. Unfortunately guard David Sobolweski is now out for two weeks with an injured left elbow.

Westinghouse – The House is back! After closing in 2007, a new Westinghouse High School opened it's doors in 2009 and fielded a team made entirely of freshmen. 6-1 point guard Ricky Battles, 5-11 guard Jihad Muhammad and 6-3 center Darrell Gant form a young trio for the Warriors.

Gary Thea Bowman – 2012 prospect DeJuan Marrero led Bowman to a state championship in Indiana as a sophomore. It will be interesting to see how the Illinois teams match up with Bowman.

Farragut – The duo of D.J. Tolliver and Rayshaun Stimage will carry the load for the Admirals this summer.

Perspectives Charter – 2011 big man Anthony Davis went from an unknown two months ago to a household name. Davis is now one of Scout.com's top ten players in the nation for 2011 and a future pro. Davis was named Most Outstanding Player at the NBA Top 100 Camp this weekend.

Simeon – Class of 2013 stud Jabari Parker has been a regular fixture on the DePaul campus. Jelani Neely, Kendrick Nunn, Steve Taylor, and Darien Walker make the Wolverines one of the more formidable teams in the field. Simeon won Michigan State's team camp over the weekend without Parker in the lineup. Can they bring home another title?

Curie – Guards Greg Travis (2011) and Devin Foster (2012) give Curie firepower on the perimeter.

De La Salle – The Meteors just got a lot stronger with the return of Andre Henley from prep school. 2011 stud Mike Shaw remains the force in the middle and on the boards for DeLaSalle. DeLaSalle also features a number of talented young players including big man Alex Foster and guard Jaylon Tate.

St. Patrick – The Shamrocks have a talented trio in Kortney Darby, Jacob Williams, and Royale Ewing.

Whitney Young – Young is without a doubt the deepest team in the field. Sam Thompson is a top 50 player in the nation according to Scout.com. Jermaine Morgan, Thomas Hamilton, Derrick Randolph, Luke Hager, Keith Langston, and 2014 sensation Jahlil Okafor give Young coach Tyrone Slaughter quite an arsenal of weaponry.

Carver - Deshawn Delaney is low on the radar, yet was named third team All-State this spring. If Delaney continues to consistently put up double-doubles, his stock is going to rise.

Hyde Park - Aqui Shareef, Kyle Davis, and Trashawn Jones give former DePaul assistant coach Donnie Kirksey a solid group going into the summer.

Glenbrook North – 6-7 forward Andrew McCauliffe steps in to fill the shoes of Notre Dame-bound Alex Dragicevich with the Spartans.

Proviso East - Keith Carter is a 2012 guard who has received some acclaim for the Pirates. Trashaun Carroll can score in bunches, and Sterling Brown, who is the younger brother of Shannon Brown was a welcomed addition at Proviso East this season.

Morton – Leading the way for Morton is sharpshooting gymrat Jeff Jarosz, and Rocco Belcaster, the younger brother of DePaul sophomore walkon Joe Belcaster.

Evanston – The Wildkits success rests on the shoulders of Garrett Jones, James Farr, and Erick Locke. The 6-7 Farr is attracting mid-major interest and has improved greatly during the spring AAU season.

South Shore – 6-5 forward DeShawn Greer (2011) has been the man on the court for South Shore.

Providence St. Mel - Athletic 6-5 forward Tevin Harris returns for Providence St. Mel this season.

For complete coverage of the DePaul Team Camp, stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com.

* WeAreDePaul.com's Scott Phillips contributed to this report.


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