Baltimore Duo Set to Arrive at DePaul

Maryland native Oliver Purnell brings in two recruits from his home state as part of his first recruiting class at DePaul. Learn what freshmen Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young had to say as they prepared to arrive on the Lincoln Park campus in this report…

Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young will arrive at DePaul as heralded recruits from the Baltimore area. Melvin, a 6-8, 210 lb. forward, comes by way of Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts after winning a state championship at Lake Clifton. Cleveland averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots per game during the 2008-09 season.

Young, a 6-4, 185 lb point guard, arrives in Chicago after attending Friendship Collegiate Academy in the nation's capitol. Brandon averaged 14 points, 9.7 assists, and 6.7 rebounds per game as a senior. Young shattered his school's season high assist record and highest assists per game record this year.

Young played for the Capital All-Stars in the 2010 Capital Classic All-Star game in April where he scored 11 points and dished out four assists.

Fellow freshman Moses Morgan, a 6-5 wing from Nevada, is already on campus. Young arrived in Chicago on Sunday, while Melvin promises to not be far behind. Melvin and Young will have each other to rely on as they get acclimated to their new lives in Chicago this summer.

"It helps a lot," Young said of Melvin. "I can come there feeling comfortable, because I know him and we're from the same area. So I won't be as nervous."

"We just need to get to know the campus and get to know the team real good," said Melvin. "We're a young team. I'm going to go in and do what I have to do. With Brandon Young and Moses Morgan coming in, we've got a good team coming in."

Young figures to compete for playing time immediately at the point guard slot for the Blue Demons. Purnell outlined his plans for Young when they met on campus in April.

"I will be his leader and will have to get everybody involved," said Brandon.

The freshmen trio all hope to be prominent in Purnell's uptempo style of ball this season.

"He pushes the ball full-court non-stop all the time," said Young. "We're going to be in good shape. That's how I play."

With just two other players on the DePaul roster over 6-7, Melvin will fit right in with Purnell's plans and should receive immediate playing time.

"I feel great," said Melvin. "There are going to be a lot of opportunities for me."

Both freshmen hope to make an impact for the Blue Demons in their first season in the Big East and hope to be the ones that help Purnell turn around the DePaul program.

"Hopefully it turns out good," said Young. "I'm going to put in so much work off the court and on the court. Hopefully it all pays off."

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