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DePaul has lost Chicago

School's inability to land local talent has rendered Blue Demons irrelevant

Updated: January 12, 2010, 10:17 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- About 20 miles south of where Jerry Wainwright read a seven-page, seven-minute statement on his last day of work at DePaul University, is a small gym.

"Hey Xavier," Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin bellowed. "Dunk one from the post."

Xavier Taylor, a raw but promising 6-foot-9 freshman forward, does as he's told. He's standing in the low blocks, concentrating hard. He gets an entry pass, dribbles once, leaps and in a quick, violent motion, slams one home in ...

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