There is optimism at DePaul this season with the return of both Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young.
In addition, a solid freshmen class is now on campus as the Blue Demons are expected to surface from the bottom of the Big East standings. Improvement should be a certainty, but how much improvement is what remains to be seen.
With that being said however, disappointing news did surface late this week, as reports first emerged on Thursday claiming that freshman forward DeJuan Marrero had torn his ACL.
Well, the DePaul athletic department confirmed the news on Friday saying that Marrero’s injury was indeed that of a torn ACL in his right knee. The 6-foot-5 native of Gary, Indiana will miss the entire 2012-13 season. Expectations of a redshirt year are surely to come.
Last season at Bowman Academy (IN), Marrero averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds per game, helping guide his squad to the Class 2A state championship game.
Heading into the season, Marrero was expected to provide some additional depth for the Blue Demons and after being ranked as one of the top high school seniors in the state a season ago, the loss will undoubtedly hurt. How much will it effect the team remains to be seen.
Head coach Oliver Purnell is entering his third season at DePaul, having gone just 19-42 in his first two seasons. DePaul did increase their win total by five from Purnell’s first season in charge and expectations of extending that mark may lie ahead.
The Blue Demons will open up the 2012-13 season on Nov. 9, hosting UC-Riverside from McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse