Devin Hill, Eric Wallace leave DePaul
CHICAGO -- DePaul senior forwards Devin Hill and Eric Wallace have requested and been given their releases and are not expected to return to the program next season, coach Oliver Purnell confirmed on Tuesday.
Hill, who is 6 foot 9 and 210 pounds, missed almost all of the 2010-11 season with a foot injury. He played in five games and averaged 5.2 points and 2.4 points. Hill has visited other schools already, according to Purnell.
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Wallace, who is 6-6 and 233 pounds, missed the entire 2010-11 season after fracturing his left tibia and fibula during a preseason workout. He averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 2009-10 after transferring to DePaul from Ohio State.
Wallace has one final summer course to finish before graduating from DePaul and may look to play somewhere else if he is healthy enough, according to Purnell.
Guard Mike Bizoukas had previously been granted his released and has since transferred to Missouri State for his final season.
"With those three guys, we had a lot of conversations with them in February about the direction of the program," Purnell said. "The No. 1 conversation, the No. 1 topic I discussed with them was about the opportunity to be here at DePaul and graduate. They were told that we're going to bring in a number of players and were looking to improve our overall talent level. It might not be a great fit. All those guys expressed down the line -- we've had several conversations -- they might be better looking somewhere else."
The Blue Demons went 7-24 overall and 1-17 in the Big East in Purnell's first season. They return five players who started eight games or more, including Big East Rookie of the Year Cleveland Melvin. They welcome seven new players, including six freshmen, for the 2011-12 season.
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