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DePaul’s Basketball Future Looking Very, Very Bright

Brian Stinnette
February 18, 2004

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Dave Leitao has the future of the DePaul basketball program looking very, very bright. Depaul could be headed to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, they have an absolute stud headed to campus next year in Dorell Wright, and are being mentioned with some top 2005 prospects as well.

DePaul currently has won eight of it’s last nine contests, and sports a record of 15-7. Future contests against Louisville and Cincinnati will give the Blue Demons an opportunity to further bolster their NCAA Tournament credentials.

The future of the Depaul program looks extremely solid. Starting point guard Sammy Mejia, a freshman, looks like a future star. Fellow freshmen Marcus Heard, Tyler Smith and Lorenzo Thompson have all had their moments. They figure to get an even bigger boost next year when highly regarded center Wesley Green takes the court. Shoulder surgery sidelined Green, who was a Top 100 prospect a year ago, this season.

Incoming Class of 2004 recruit Dorell Wright, a 6-7 shooting guard, is an absolute stud! Wright is arguably the best prep school player in America. At the National Prep School Invitational, Wright took home MVP honors after dropping games of 36, 32 and 41 points on opponents. Adding Wright to Drake Deiner, Quemont Greer, Sammy Mejia and a healthy Wesley Green should bring a lot of wins to Lincoln Park.

Dave Leitao has proven himself as a more than capable recruiter, and he is already making strong inroads with the Class of 2005. In-state studs Julian Wright (Homewood-Flossmoor), and Bobby Frasor (Chicago Brother Rice) both have DePaul on their short lists. DePaul has the added recruiting weapon of joining the Big East Conference in 2006. The “new” Big East figures to be the top basketball conference in the country with Connecticut, Syracuse, Louisville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Seton Hall and Marquette among it’s members.

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