2009-2010 Depaul Blue Demons Basketball Preview
The DePaul Blue Demons (9- 24 overall, 0- 18 Big East) have seen their stock plummet in the Big East. Since coming over from Conference-USA for the 2005- 2006 season, they have posted just one winning conference record and attended the NIT once. Last season, they did not win one conference game. Now in his fifth season, head coach Jerry Wainwright is feeling a lot of heat.
The good news is that the Blue Demons did not finish last in any important statistical category last season. The bad news is that they finished no higher than 14th in any statistical category. They were 14th in scoring offense (64.3 PPG) and defense (72.4 PPG) and 15th in field goals (41%), threes (30%), frees (62%) and rebound margin (minus-4.6). The team’s differential between points scored and point s allowed was a hefty minus-8.1 PPG).
Forward/center Mac Koshwal (12.2 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 1.8 APG), a junior, is the best thing in the DePaul frontcourt. Koshwal is a quality player who stands the chance of having a spectacular season this year. That is if he can get some help from a few other guys. It’s hoped that Ohio State transfer Eric Wallace, an exceptional athlete and swingman, can contribute, especially on defense and under the boards. Centers Krys Faber (1.8 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.1 APG) and Kene Obi (1.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.1 APG), both sophomores, were fairly ineffective last season. This spring they appeared to be DePaul’s most improved players.
In the guard spots, senior Will Walker (14.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.5 APG), who last season hit threes at the rate of 44.3%, is a quality player. The combo guard has managed to improve every season and could have a true breakout year in 2009- 2010. In terms of a pure point guard, the Blue Demons are lacking. Sophomores Michael Bizoukas (2.0 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.9 APG) and Jeremiah Kelly (4.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.4 APG), who both played point last season, will be given a chance to show that they can command the floor.
Wainwright will put a team on the court that has more experience than it did last year. DePaul should be able to notch some Big East victories, although they won’t get many. If the team shows improvement, Wainwright will keep his job. It would be tough not to progress a bit after last season’s showing. A bottom of the conference finish and a wait until next year attitude are in the Blue Demons near future.