Posted on: October 20, 2010 12:01 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 12:03 pm

Purnell lands top 100 recruit at DePaul

Oliver Purnell landed his first signature prospect at DePaul on Wednesday when Shane Larkin -- son of former Cincinnati Reds star Barry Larkin -- verbally committed to the Blue Demons.

MaxPreps.com ranks Larkin 71st in the Class of 2011.

Rivals.com has him 62nd.

He's a 5-foot-11 point guard who reportedly averaged 19 points, five assists and five rebounds last season at Dr. Phillips High in Orlando. Colorado, Central Florida and South Florida were other finalists for Larkin.
Posted on: August 4, 2010 3:21 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 11:20 pm

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10 forward from Chicago who could prove to be the best prospect in the Class of 2011, will announce soon that he'll play college basketball at Kentucky, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The paper cited a "reliable source."

Davis' commitment would give Kentucky three of the nation's top six prospects from the Class of 2011 (according to the latest rankings at Scout.com) and almost certainly ensure John Calipari will sign college basketball's best class for the third consecutive year. Davis would join Michael Gilchrist (No. 1 at Scout.com) and Marquis Teague (No. 6 at Scout.com) on the list of early UK commitments. Scout.com has Davis No. 5 nationally, but he is expected to be higher when the rankings are updated thanks to an unusual rise to prominence during the July evaluation period that concluded last week.

Davis was also reportedly considering Ohio State, DePaul and Syracuse.

An interesting aspect of the Sun-Times story came in the ninth paragraph, where the writer, Michael O'Brien, reported some are "alleging that the commitment cost $200,000." O'Brien described the allegation as a "rumor" and offered no sources for it. The prospect's father, Anthony Davis Sr., denied the "rumor" to the paper.

(UPDATE: The Sun-Times has removed, without explanation, the $200,000 allegation from O'Brien's story.)

(UPDATE No. 2: Lawyers representing Kentucky sent a letter to O'Brien late Wednesday formally demanding that the Sun-Times "withdraw the publication from any source from which it has been published, and issue an immediate statement that you know of no credible evidence indicating that there is any truth to the 'rumors' referred to in your article." O'Brien is yet to respond.)
Posted on: August 4, 2010 9:04 am
Edited on: August 4, 2010 9:06 am
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Posted on: June 26, 2010 8:22 am
Edited on: June 26, 2010 8:25 am

Rising Coaches Elite Clinic set for Vegas

There are all sorts of clinics and consortiums for basketball coaches.

Villa 7 is among the most famous.

"But there is nothing out there for guys in support staff roles," said Andy Farrell, the video coordinator at DePaul. "There's nothing for guys in support staff roles (graduate assistants, director of basketball operations, video coordinators, etc.,) to network with one another and learn how to really become an assistant coach."

With that in mind, Farrell has helped organize the first "Rising Coaches Elite" clinic that will be held in Las Vegas on July 20-22. He told CBSSports.com that email invitations have been sent to "every support staffer in Division I college basketball." The location and date is crucial because most head coaches and assistant coaches will be in Las Vegas to recruit at summer tournaments when the month's second 10-day evaluation period begins July 22.

"This idea is just so needed and, if executed properly, it will be a tremendous stepping stone for rising coaches and future support staff members," Farrell said. "We're going to have the speakers talk about recruiting, their first days on the job, scouting, relationships, interviewing, job searching, everything."

(Email coachandyfarrell@gmail.com for more information.)
Posted on: April 6, 2010 3:00 am
Edited on: April 6, 2010 3:36 am

Source: Purnell leaving Clemson for DePaul

INDIANAPOLIS -- DePaul's coaching search ended early Tuesday when Clemson's Oliver Purnell agreed to take the Big East job, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com.

An official announcement is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.

Purnell has led three different schools to NCAA tournaments -- including Clemson each of the past three seasons -- but is best known for never winning an NCAA tournament game. He's 0-6 all-time in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers lost to Missouri in the first round last March.

DePaul fired Jerry Wainwright in January.

Posted on: November 20, 2009 4:32 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2009 4:33 pm

DePaul beats projected MVC champ

I mentioned in the Friday Look Ahead that the Big East was 35-0, but I thought for sure the league would suffer its first loss Friday. It still might, I guess. But it won't be where I thought it would be, which is to say in the Northern Iowa-DePaul game.

Final score: DePaul 60, Northern Iowa 52.

So the team picked last in the Big East just beat the team picked first in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Very nice, Jerry Wainwright.

You moved the Big East to 36-0.

Now let's see if Villanova can make it 37-0.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 29, 2009 10:10 am

Two former UK assistants already hired elsewhere

When the coaching carousel slows people tend to focus on the head coaches who were fired and feel badly for them, failing to realize those guys typically walk with substantial buyouts that provide a cushion. Most assistants aren't so lucky; when their bosses are fired they are almost always fired too, but they rarely have a notable financial cushion -- meaning their termination can be as difficult to endure as when a normal person loses their normal job, which is why it's always interesting to see which assistants land where, or if they land at all.

I say all that to say this: Two of Billy Gillispie's former assistants have already found new homes.

As reported weeks ago, Glynn Cyprien has joined Josh Pastner's staff at Memphis, and now -- as of Tuesday -- Tracy Webster has joined Jerry Wainwright's staff at DePaul, leaving Jeremy Cox as the lone Gillispie assistant still looking for work. Webster's hiring filled one of three openings on Wainwright's staff. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that former DePaul star David Booth (currently a scout with the Memphis Grizzlies) is a candidate to fill one of the remaining openings.
Category: NCAAB
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