DePaul's Depth Chart Takes Another Hit

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CHICAGO- The revolving door of good news, bad news keeps coming for the DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball team. After a miserable 2012-2013 season, four players from the team decided to transfer to other schools.

Fortunately, those players were quickly replaced with new recruits.  Things were finally beginning to look up last week after the university announced plans for a new basketball arena.

Today however, the bad news continued as the university announced the departure of one of it's core players. Forward Donnavan Kirk has been granted permission by DePaul to seek a transfer.

The 6'9" Kirk was originally a transfer from Miami {FL} in January of 2011. He would play in 54 total games for the Demons since his arrival in Lincoln Park. His numbers weren't too great as he only averaged roughly five points and four rebounds per game.

He did however become one of the leaders for Oliver Purnell's team. He was expected to be a major player for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. Many were hoping that it would be his breakout year and that he could become an NBA draft pick.

Kirk was guaranteed a starting position for the Blue Demons for the upcoming season. There is no guarantee that he will start wherever he may end up. From DePaul's end of things, this moves takes a toll on their depth chart.

After last months transfers and the graduation of forward Stuart Pirri, DePaul is now lacking bodies at the forward position. The only players left at the position are Cleveland Melvin, Jamee Crockett, Peter Ryckbosch and swingman DeJuan Marrero.

This means that Oliver Purnell will now have to depend very highly on his new recruits for next season. Forward/center Thomas Hamilton Jr. will have to learn Purnell's system a lot earlier and faster than many had anticipated.

We may also see plenty of minutes for junior college transfers Forrest Robinson and Greg Sequele who also play forward. Kirk may not have had the best stats but he was without question a leader for this DePaul team.

His leadership and size will be sorely missed. DePaul hasn't even begun practicing yet, but their will and resolve have already been tested. For sports anytime you can follow me on Twitter @GabeSalgado82

 

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