Coming off of one of the worst season's in recent memory, the DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball team is already having a rocky start to the offseason. This week the university athletic department announced that four players have been given permission to transfer to other schools.
Those four players are freshman guard Jodan Price, freshman forward Montray Clemons, and sophomore forwards Moses Morgan and Derrell Robertson Jr. Price and Clemons saw little playing time this past season but were expected to play a bigger role next season. Morgan and Robertson were key bench players for Oliver Purnell during the 2012-2013 season.
Montray Clemons saw playing time in 19 games this year but only averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. Jodan Price saw limited playing time as well. In eight games Price averaged just over two minutes per game but failed to score a single point. Robertson and Morgan on the other hand played a much bigger part in the overall scheme of things.
Robertson was the biggest man on the DePaul roster measuring in at 6'10" and weighing 247 pounds. He was Donnavan Kirk's backup and Coach Purnell was highly dependent on him, especially against bigger teams. Moses Morgan was also a key reserve. Usually filling in for Cleveland Melvin and Jamee Crockett, Morgan was one of the better shooters on this DePaul team.
Morgan and Robertson were expected to grow as role players for this Blue Demons team. DePaul has already lost guard Worrel Clahar and forward Stuart Pirri to graduation as they were the only seniors on the team this past season. Oliver Purnell now finds himself in somewhat of a rebuilding mode after losing these four men.
The DePaul staff now needs to land some major recruits to fill the void and to turn things around for 2014. This was the last thing that DePaul needed heading into a new conference. This will test their resolve and their ability to recruit. As for what schools the players will transfer to is unknown at the moment.
Wherever they end up, they will have to sit out for at least a year before they can take the court again.