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2017–18 DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball team

The 2017–18 DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball team represented DePaul University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by third-year (sixth overall with DePaul) head coach Dave Leitao and played their home games at the new Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois as members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 11–20, 4–14 in Big East play to finish in a tie for ninth place. They lost in the first round of the Big East Tournament to Marquette.[1]

2017–18 DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
ConferenceBig East Conference
2017–18 record11–20 (4–14 Big East)
Head coachDave Leitao (3rd season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaWintrust Arena
Seasons
2017–18 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Xavier 15 3   .833     29 6   .829
No. 2 Villanova 14 4   .778     36 4   .900
Seton Hall 10 8   .556     22 12   .647
Creighton 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Providence 10 8   .556     21 14   .600
Butler 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Marquette 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Georgetown 5 13   .278     15 15   .500
St. John's 4 14   .222     16 17   .485
DePaul 4 14   .222     11 20   .355
2018 Big East Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Blue Demons finished the 2016–17 season 9–23, 2–16 in Big East play to finish in last place. They lost in the first round of the Big East Tournament to Xavier. That season marked the Blue Demons' final season at Allstate Arena

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
R. J. Curington 0 G 6'5" 199 Senior Dyer, IN Graduated
Darrick Wood 1 G 6'5" 178 Senior Alexandria, VA Graduated
Billy Garrett Jr. 5 G 6'6" 210 Senior Chicago, IL Graduated
Erten Gazi 12 G 6'4" 212 Sophomore Northern Cyprus Transferred to Fordham
Al Eichelberger 23 F 6'7" 251 Freshman Saginaw, MI Transferred to Cleveland State
David Leitao III 32 F 6'5' 220 Senior Virginia Beach, VA Walk-on; left the team due to personal reasons
Levi Cook 44 C 6'10" 300 Freshman Clarksburg, WV Transferred to Marshall
Chris Harrison-Docks 51 G 5'10" 189 RS Senior Okemos, MI Graduated

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Jalen Coleman-Lands 5 G 6'3" 190 Junior Indianapolis, IN Transfer from Illinois. Under NCAA transfer rules, Coleman-Lands will have to sit out the 2017–18 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.
Marin Maric 34 C 6'11" 250 RS Senior Split, Croatia Transferred from Northern Illinois. Will be eligible to play immediately since Maric graduated from Northern Illinois.

2017 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Justin Roberts
#32 PG
Indianapolis, IN Pike High School 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jun 13, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Jaylen Butz
#58 PF
Fort Wayne, IN North Side High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Oct 6, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Paul Reed
SF
Apopka, FL Wekiva High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Dec 4, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247Sports:     ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 DePaul Signees". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  • "2017 DePaul Signees". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.

2018 recruiting classEdit

PreseasonEdit

The Blue Demons were picked to finish in last place in the preseason Big East poll.[2]

RosterEdit

2017–18 DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Justin Roberts 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Findlay Prep Indianapolis, IN
G 1 Austin Grandstaff 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS So Rockwall
Ohio State
Rockwall, TX
F 2 Jaylen Butz 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 224 lb (102 kg) Fr North Side Fort Wayne, IN
G 3 Devin Gage   6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Curie Chicago, IL
G 4 Brandon Cyrus 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So La Lumiere School Toronto, ON
G 5 Jalen Coleman-Lands   6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr La Lumiere School
Illinois
Indianapolis, IN
F 10 Tre'Darius McCallum 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr St. James
Indian Hills CC
Myrtle Beach, SC
G 11 Eli Cain 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr St. Benedict's Prep Willingboro, NJ
G 12 Jason Malonga (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Benet Academy Bolingbrook, IL
G 13 James Anderson (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr La Lumiere Melbourne, Australia
F 15 Paul Reed 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Wekiva Orlando, FL
G 21 Pantelis Xidias (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Fr La Lumiere Michigan City, IN
F 22 Tobias Dwimaah (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr DePaul Prep Chicago, IL
F 30 Peter Ryckbosch 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Sr St. Ignatius Chicago, IL
G 31 Max Strus 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Jr Amos Alonzo Stagg
Lewis University
Hickory Hills, IL
F 33 Joe Hanel (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Sr Holy Family Catholic Savage, MN
C 34 Marin Maric 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Sr La Lumiere School
Northern Illinois
Split, Croatia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 5, 2017*
3:00 pm
IU Northwest W 121–65 
 22  Strus   11  McCallum   6  Cain  Wintrust Arena (4,751)
Chicago, IL
Non-conference regular season
Nov 11, 2017*
3:00 pm, FS1
No. 14 Notre Dame L 58–72  0–1
 14  Tied   5  McCallum   3  Cain  Wintrust Arena (10,194)
Chicago, IL
Nov 13, 2017*
7:00 pm, FS2
Delaware State W 81–57  1–1
 17  McCallum   13  Butz   8  Gage  Wintrust Arena (4,527)
Chicago, IL
Nov 17, 2017*
7:30 pm, BTN
at Illinois
Gavitt Tipoff Games
L 73–82  1–2
 19  Roberts   7  Butz   5  Roberts  State Farm Center (11,254)
Champaign, IL
Nov 23, 2017*
10:30 pm, ESPN
vs. No. 4 Michigan State
PK80–Phil Knight Invitational Quarterfinals
L 51–73  1–3
 12  Tied   4  3 tied   2  3 tied  Moda Center (13,439)
Portland, OR
Nov 24, 2017*
8:30 pm, ESPNU
vs. Oregon
PK80–Phil Knight Invitational Consolation 2nd round
L 79–89 OT 1–4
 22  Maric   9  McCallum   4  Cain  Veterans Memorial Coliseum (8,853)
Portland, OR
Nov 26, 2017*
6:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Portland
PK80–Phil Knight Invitational 7th place game
W 82–69  2–4
 21  Strus   13  Maric   6  Gage  Veterans Memorial Coliseum (2,771)
Portland, OR
Dec 2, 2017*
1:00 pm, FSN
Youngstown State W 89–73  3–4
 20  Strus   7  Cain   4  Strus  Wintrust Arena (4,732)
Chicago, IL
Dec 6, 2017*
8:00 pm, FS1
Central Connecticut W 85–57  4–4
 17  Cain   9  Butz   5  Roberts  Wintrust Arena (4,458)
Chicago, IL
Dec 9, 2017*
3:00 pm, NBCSN Chicago
at UIC W 65–55  5–4
 24  Strus   8  Cain   8  Cain  UIC Pavilion (3,229)
Chicago, IL
Dec 11, 2017*
8:00 pm, FS1
Alabama A&M W 83–59  6–4
 14  Strus   6  Reed   8  Cain  Wintrust Arena (4,508)
Chicago, IL
Dec 16, 2017*
1:00 pm, FS1
Northwestern L 60–62  6–5
 33  Strus   11  McCallum   5  Cyrus  Wintrust Arena (7,001)
Chicago, IL
Dec 21, 2017*
8:00 pm, FS1
Miami (OH) W 83–66[3]  7–5
 22  Maric   8  McCallum   4  Tied  Wintrust Arena (4,890)
Chicago, IL
Big East Conference regular season
Dec 27, 2017
6:30 pm, CBSSN
No. 1 Villanova L 85–103  7–6
(0–1)
 20  Strus   10  Maric   6  3 tied  Wintrust Arena (8,323)
Chicago, IL
Dec 30, 2017
1:00 pm, FS1
at No. 6 Xavier L 72–77  7–7
(0–2)
 33  Strus   8  McCallum   6  Maric  Cintas Center (10,436)
Cincinnati, OH
Jan 2, 2018
8:15 pm, FS1
Georgetown L 81–90  7–8
(0–3)
 19  Strus   7  McCallum   10  Cain  Wintrust Arena (5,190)
Chicago, IL
Jan 6, 2018
1:00 pm, FSN
at St. John's W 91–74  8–8
(1–3)
 25  Maric   11  Maric   5  Maric  Carnesecca Arena (5,602)
Queens, NY
Jan 12, 2018
7:30 pm, FS1
Providence L 64–71  8–9
(1–4)
 15  Maric   9  Strus   4  3 tied  Wintrust Arena (5,354)
Chicago, IL
Jan 15, 2018
8:00 pm, FS1
at Marquette L 52–70  8–10
(1–5)
 15  Cyrus   8  Maric   4  Strus  BMO Harris Bradley Center (12,278)
Milwaukee, WI
Jan 20, 2018
1:00 pm, FS1
Butler L 67–79  8–11
(1–6)
 27  Strus   8  McCallum   7  Cain  Wintrust Arena (6,802)
Chicago, IL
Jan 24, 2018
7:45 pm, FS1
at Georgetown W 74–73  9–11
(2–6)
 27  Cain   9  Reed   4  Strus  Capital One Arena (4,828)
Washington, D.C.
Jan 28, 2018
3:00 pm, CBSSN
Seton Hall L 70–86  9–12
(2–7)
 16  McCallum   8  Strus   6  Cain  Wintrust Arena (5,650)
Chicago, IL
Feb 3, 2018
11:00 am, FS1
at Butler L 57–80  9–13
(2–8)
 15  Maric   7  McCallum   4  Roberts  Hinkle Fieldhouse (8,879)
Indianapolis, IN
Feb 7, 2018
8:00 pm, FS1
Creighton L 75–76  9–14
(2–9)
 23  Maric   11  Reed   6  Cain  Wintrust Arena (5,010)
Chicago, IL
Feb 10, 2018
3:30 pm, FSN
at Providence W 80–63  10–14
(3–9)
 18  Maric   10  McCallum   5  Cain  Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,892)
Providence, RI
Feb 14, 2018
8:00 pm, CBSSN
St. John's L 76–77  10–15
(3–10)
 19  Cain   9  Maric   11  Cain  Wintrust Arena (4,690)
Chicago, IL
Feb 18, 2018
3:00 pm, FS1
at Seton Hall L 77–82  10–16
(3–11)
 23  Maric   8  Maric   5  Cain  Prudential Center (10,110)
Newark, NJ
Feb 21, 2018
7:30 pm, FS1
at No. 3 Villanova L 62–93  10–17
(3–12)
 21  Strus   8  Reed   8  Cain  Wells Fargo Center (10,007)
Philadelphia, PA
Feb 24, 2018
11:00 am, FSN
Marquette W 70–62  11–17
(4–12)
 20  Strus   13  Maric   3  3 tied  Wintrust Arena (9,053)
Chicago, IL
Feb 27, 2018
8:00 pm, FS1
at Creighton L 57–82  11–18
(4–13)
 14  Strus   7  Maric   6  Strus  CenturyLink Center Omaha (18,191)
Omaha, NE
Mar 3, 2018
11:00 am, FOX
No. 3 Xavier L 62–65  11–19
(4–14)
 20  Cyrus   5  3 tied   4  Cain  Wintrust Arena (7,972)
Chicago, IL
Big East Tournament
Mar 7, 2018
8:30 pm, FS1
(10) vs. (7) Marquette
First round
L 69–72  11–20
 22  2 tied   10  Maric   10  Cain  Madison Square Garden (16,866)
New York City, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

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