DePaul Makes Huge Recruiting Statement With Commitment From Big Time Point Guard

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

May 8, 2017

8:30 P.M. CST

Wow--talk about making an immediate impact!  That is exactly what Shane Heirman has done since it was announced last week that he was stepping down as the head coach at LaLumiere School in LaPorte, IN to become an assistant coach at DePaul.

Make no mistake about it--the Blue Demons are making some big time recruiting noise now that Heirman has joined Dave Leitao's staff.  That is because one of LaLumiere's top players--6'0 point guard Tyger Campbell--announced tonight that he has committed to Leitao and DePaul after taking an unofficial visit to the Lincoln Park campus this past weekend.

To say that Campbell is a big time get for the Blue Demons is a tremendous understatement.  After all, not only is Campbell a bona fide high major floor general, but DePaul was able to beat out the likes of Michigan State, Creighton, Purdue and Notre Dame just to name a few for his services.

While there is no doubt that Heirman's presence was most influential in getting Campbell to pull the trigger, one can also not dismiss the tremendous job that both Leitao and Associate Head Coach Rick Carter did to get this one done.  The bottom line is that Leitao had made Campbell a top priority recruit from the day that he was rehired as the men's basketball coach at DePaul and has tracked him endlessly.  In fact, virtually every time Campbell played in a big game over the past year Leitao was there.

As for Carter, he also worked extremely hard to secure Campbell's services.  Not only that, but he has long had a strong friendship with Heirman and was also able to utilize his strong connections with everyone in the LaLumiere program.  Given the combination of Heirman, Leitao and Carter, it made for a situation that was impossible for Campbell to turn down.

Campbell was the best point guard that we saw last weekend at the NIKE EYBL session in Indianapolis, an event that featured several good ones.  He controls the game with tremendous speed, court vision and awareness and superb ball handling skills.  Not only that, but Campbell has as much scoring ability as any point guard in the nation and is a ball hawk on defense.  He reminds us in many ways of former DePaul great Rod Strickland.

Campbell is currently listed as a 2019 recruit, but rumor has it that he will be reclassifying to the 2018 class.  There is no question that he is a cornerstone recruit for DePaul and the most talented player that Leitao has landed during his second tenure in Lincoln Park.

And here's the thing--there is strong reason to believe that DePaul is not even close to being finished.  In fact, Campbell's commitment may be just the beginning.  At the present time the Blue Demons are also very much in the picture for yet another LaLumiere product who would make an immediate impact--6'7 2017 forward Brian "Tugs" Bowen.  In fact, we think it may be between DePaul and Oregon, who Bowen visited today.  Along with Campbell, Leitao and the Blue Demons also landed a notable grad transfer today as Marin Maric announced that he will suit up for DePaul next season after having graduated from Northern Illinois University.

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