Purnell Keeping Eye on In-State Programs

In his first July evaluation period as the new head coach of the DePaul Blue Demons, Oliver Purnell is working overtime to make sure he makes inroads with Illinois' AAU programs.

From his introductory press conference to the recent DePaul Team Camp, Purnell and his new staff have made it a point to recruit the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois.

The past two days, Oliver Purnell was seen in Indianapolis at the Adidas Invitational with assistant coach Brian Ellerbe as they made it a point to see all of the Illinois programs play and get a feel for the talent that the state has to offer.

Full Package, Illinois Magic, Illinois Old School, Illinois Titans, Illinois Blue Demons, Meanstreets Blue, and PrymeTyme were the Illinois programs taking part in the prestigious event, while other Illinois players such as Aaron and Aaric Armstead and Tyrone Sherman played with Indiana Elite.

Purnell is now believed to be headed to Cleveland where he will see all of the Illinois players and top national talent compete in the King City Classic on Thursday. Anthony Davis, Mike Shaw, Wayne Blackshear, and Sam Thompson are the players representing the state of Illinois in the King City Classic.

Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for all of the latest news on DePaul basketball and DePaul recruiting during the July live evaluation period.

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