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DePaul Blue Demons

by Andrew Force | November 12th, 2007

2006-2007 Record: 20-14 (9-7), T-7th
Postseason Games:

3/7/2007 Villanova Big East Tournament L 67-75
3/14/2007 Hofstra NIT 1st round W 83-71
3/19/2007 Kansas State NIT 2nd round W 70-65
3/21/2007 Air Force NIT Elite 8 L 51-52

Returning Statistical Leaders:
11.6 ppg – Draelon Burns
3.4 rpgKarron Clarke
3.0 apgJabari Currie

Starting Lineup: Key Stat:
C Mac Koshwal 6’10 Fr. 11/13/06 –signing date, critical to this roster
F Karron Clarke 6’6 Sr. 3-0 when Clarke led the team in scoring
SF Mario Stula 6’7 Fr. Croatian, settling in Croatia’s 2nd capital
SG Draelon Burns 6’4 Sr. 39% of teams’ made 3’s
PG Jabari Currie 6’4 Jr. 19.4 mpg, fewest in Big East by starting PG

Key Player Losses: Wilson Chandler and Sammy Mejia.

Two very different contributors will be sorely missed. Aside from the statistical dominance, Chandler and Mejia played simultaneously tough-minded and free-spirited.

Not since Quentin Richardson has a DePaul player been more emblematic of the program. Sammy was both effective and lovable.

Impact Newcomer: Mac Koshwal.

Tough Question: While physically matured, are the frontcourt freshmen emotionally advanced enough for the rigors of the Big East season?

Too Much PT: Jabari Currie.

Jabari does nothing better than average. Disciplined ball distribution is very important this year especially with youthful commodities.

Will Walker is a nice alternative that displayed exceptional shooting touch as a freshman. Senior Cliff Clinkscales can dribble and drive with the best of them, but opponents know to sag off the wildly inconsistent shooter.

Get Him on the Floor: Karron Clarke.

The enigmatic combo forward will miss departed Mejia more than anyone else. Clarke’s movement off the ball was constantly rewarded by the court-savvy Sammy.

Coach Wainwright brought in a shockingly wide-ranging class. As the newcomers earn more PT, Wainwright must find was to keep the active Clarke on the floor.

Point Guards’ Impact: Currie varies between competent and hesitant. There are moments JC looks like he is thinking then moving.

For DePaul to fully develop this season Currie’s basketball education has to amalgamate. The visibly awkward play was primarily the result of Currie learning on the job.

Now the formerly aimless learning behavior becomes assured, steady learned behavior. Habitual play from their lead guard is imperative this season.

Expectations: Wesley Green.

Either Green or the gurus got it wrong. The recruiting experts dubbed Wesley a four-star talent in 2003. Ranked behind the supposedly 10th best center were current NBA players Aaron Gray, Paul Millsap, and Josh Boone.

Green was just a big tease. He has gorgeously soft hands and a wide frame. The problem is a common one. The big guy wants to be a little guy.

Floating around the perimeter and shying away from the glass is no way to inspire confidence in your coach. Compound his heartless play with poor conditioning and you are left with a 12 mpg, 4 ppg player.

Uninspiring.

Final Word: DePaul lost so much.

Toughness and pride were staples of the Sammy and Wilson era. This new edition needs to develop its own character.

–Andrew Force

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