This week's edition of Sunday Links could just be called "The DePaul News" because the Blue Demons seem to have a lot written about them over the past week. Seeing as Northwestern and UIC have yet to release a schedule - at least the Wildcats say theirs is coming soon - it's understandable that people on concentrating on things they actually can analyze.
The most interesting piece of news that came out during the week was the fact that DePaul was welcoming four walk-ons. Why are walk-ons interesting? Because one had the opportunity to go on scholarship to another Chicago school and instead chose to play for the Blue Demons.
Nate Rogers had an offer to attend Chicago State on a basketball scholarship, but he decided to go to DePaul. According to WeAreDePaul.com it appears that Rogers' decision partly stemmed from the fact this his mother works at DePaul.
- Michael Jordan was inducted to the Hall of Fame this weekend. During his speech, he called out his high school coach for telling him he wouldn't be able to play on the team. Jordan said that snub gave him drive to become the greatest player of all-time. Dwyane Wade isn't quite at the level of Jordan, but according to ESPN Chicago the Blue Demons provided similar motivation for the former Marquette and current Miami Heat star.
- The way to improve on a winless regular season? More practice. As this video shows the Blue Demons are already on the court getting ready for the 2009-10 season. You get a long look at Will Walker's workouts during the second half of the video. You might catch a look at Eric Wallace too, or you can read about him (Scout subscription required).
- The practice will be necessary for the Blue Demons to get through a difficult Big East schedule. The regular season schedule was announced on Thursday. The Blue Demons open at Pittsburgh. Their home opener is against Georgetown on Sunday, January 3.
Some non-DePaul links:
- The Chicago Invitational has been moved from Hoffman Estates to the UIC Pavilion. It is exciting to see the event move inside of Chicago. It appears that the reason the event is moving is because the Sears Centre is going out of business according to the Daily Herald. It will be interesting to see how full the 10,000 seat Pavilion is for the games. The tournament is a good get for the Pavilion after the Chicago Sky announced their intentions to move to Allstate Arena.
- Exposure is important to every NCAA school, even ones at the Division II level. That's why Lewis is excited to be on Lakeshore Public Television. The network will be televising two Lewis games. Lakeshore is also a great place to watch Horizon League basketball, including UIC and Loyola.
- You thought I was crazy when I took on trying to rank the Top 10 players in Chicago College Basketball history? Well, Gene Wojciechowski took it two or three steps further by attempting to rank the Top 23 most important Chicago athletes of all-time. The 1963 Loyola squad ranks fourteenth and George Mikan is sixth. I ranked Mikan as the greatest Chicago college basketball player of all-time and at least on that Wojciechowski and I agree.
- Northwestern football gets a ton of love from the blogosphere. There's the excellent Lake The Posts, but new blogs keep popping up. One of the newest on the block is Spread Far The Fame. Their style is a bit towards the Deadspin side of sports blogging, but I hope they cover the Wildcats basketball team in the winter as well.