DePaul signs two to letters of intent

DePaul signs two to letters of intent
November 27, 2013, 11:45 am
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Scott Phillips

The DePaul Blue Demons announced on Wednesday the signing of two players to their recruiting class of 2014 to national letters of intent.

The Blue Demons add 6-foot-8 junior college forward Rashaun Stimage, formerly of Farragut of the Chicago Public League, and Washington D.C.-native and 6-foot-2 scoring guard Jon Davis to their roster in 2014-15 after each signed their respective letters of intent earlier this week.

Davis and Stimage join DePaul wing Myke Henry as new guys on the 2014-15 Blue Demons after Henry will sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules following his transfer from Illinois. Henry will be a junior with two years of eligibility beginning next season for DePaul.

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The addition of former Public League stars Henry (Orr) and Stimage (Farragut) gives the Blue Demons the very realistic chance of starting four Chicago Public League products in their starting lineup next season alongside sophomores, guard Billy Garrett Jr., (Morgan Park) and center Tommy Hamilton IV (Whitney Young).

Stimage is in his sophomore season of junior college and in his first season at Daytona State College after averaging 15 points and eight rebounds a game last season at Blinn College in Texas. The former Farragut star averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks a game as a senior for the Admirals and DePaul has recruited Stimage hard since the later portion of high school and into his junior college career.

The recruitment of Davis, a scoring guard from Clinton Christian School near Washington D.C., was a much different story than the long recruitment of the local Stimage. Oliver Purnell has recruited the east coast his entire career and with the recent DePaul addition of new assistant coach Renard Phillips and his former ties to the D.C. Assault AAU program, DePaul began recruiting Davis hard this summer when Davis played for the D.C. Assault 16U team.

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Davis was a member of the class of 2015 this summer, but DePaul realized he was officially a senior in high school -- having reclassified back a year among basketball coaches -- and brought Davis on his first official visit to a campus earlier this fall when Davis stayed in Lincoln Park.

The DePaul staff recruited and offered Davis to be a member of the 2014 class and he accepted the offer.

Davis should replace Brandon Young's spot in the lineup and averaged 17 points per game last seasons at National Christian Academy.

The addition of Stimage and Davis will help offset the loss of four-year contributors Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young as Oliver Purnell continues to try to revive DePaul into a consistent winner.