The DePaul Blue Demons finished at the very bottom of the Big East last season, recording only three conference wins. However, this was nothing new for DePaul. They did show some promise in nonconference play, going 9-4, thanks mainly to their “Big 3″ of sophomores (who will be juniors next season): Cleveland Melvin, Brandon Young, and Moses Morgan. Melvin will be in contention for Big East Player of the Year and Young is a top guard in the league, but Morgan is the one who has yet to break out. That could change this season.
Morgan is a player who has a ton of potential that he just needs to realize. He has a nice shooting stroke and can consistently hit the three ball, but he needs to expand his scoring game. He also has nice length and is a solid rebounder. Last season, he averaged nearly as many three pointers (2.1) per game as he did rebounds (2.5). While his sharpshooting ability is certainly nice to have, he has to be even better for the Blue Demons next season.
Head coach Oliver Purnell is slowly but surely turning this team around and this could be the year they return to winning ways. Having a trio of players as talented as the ones they have is extremely crucial to their succes, but Morgan needs to take his play to the next level. With a superstar in Melvin and an elite complimentary player in Young, Morgan is the final piece of the puzzle that needs to step up.
If he can make the necessary leap, we could actually be including DePaul in the Big East title conversation. If not, it may be just another losing season for the Blue Demons. Only time will tell.
Thanks to everyone who read my Big East Breakouts segments. Check back soon as I will begin to preview the conference as a whole. We’re getting closer and closer to the start of the season, so it’s nearly time to make predictions.