Third recruit signs for 2012-2013 season
Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 16:08
DePaul men’s basketball head coach Oliver Purnell recruited a third player to his in¬coming class for the upcoming 2012-13 season, signing Durrell McDonald to a National Letter of Intent Thursday, April 12.
McDonald, a Nevada native, earned first team All-State honors from the Las Vegas Review-Journal after averaging 21.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this past season. The 6-2 guard led Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nev. to the Class 4A state semifinals with a 32-point game in the regional championship.
McDonald is also one of the nation’s top prep high jumpers, recording a mark of 6-10 earlier this spring, good for eighth best in the country. He is pursuing his second Nevada state title next month, having won the high jump championship as a sophomore in 2010.
In November 2011, Purnell signed both DeJuan Marrero and Jodan Price to National Letters of Intent for next basketball season. Marrero is a 6-5 forward from Gary, Ind., and Price is a 6-7 guard/forward from Beverly Hills, Mich.
Marrero averaged 22.1 points and 15.3 rebounds per game as a junior at Gary’s Bow¬man Academy. He led the Eagles to the 2009 Indiana Class A state championship as a sophomore with averages of 17 points and 12 rebounds per game. In summer AAU play, Marrero played for Spiece Indy Heat and is ranked among the top 50 players in the nation at his position and one of the top 15 players in Indiana by ESPN.com.
Price arrives next season from Detroit Country Day – the same high school attended by DePaul sophomore Donnavan Kirk – and is ranked among the nation's top 25 three-point shooters by ESPN.com. As a junior, Price made 41 percent of his three-point attempts, good enough to be acknowledged as the seventh-best player in Michigan and among the top 50 small forwards in the U.S.