DePaul lands 6-8 forward Melvin

Updated: May 17, 2010, 8:58 PM ET
By Scott Powers |

Less than a week after making his first recruiting splash, DePaul coach Oliver Purnell was at it again Monday as he landed versatile 6-foot-8 forward Cleveland Melvin to the Blue Demons' 2010 recruiting class.

Melvin, who was once committed to Connecticut, chose DePaul over Rutgers.

"Oliver Purnell is a great coach," said Melvin, who is originally from Baltimore, but played this past season at Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame. "He's a big-time head coach. They got a young team. I know they haven't been winning a lot of games. With me coming in and the other recruits, we're ready to make a change. It's a great opportunity to come in and make an impact for DePaul."

Legendary Cecil-Kirk AAU coach Anthony Lewis called Melvin a recruiting steal for DePaul. Lewis thought his former player was a perfect fit for Purnell and his fast-paced system.

"He's a tremendous wing forward that can run the floor," Lewis said. "He has an uncanny athleticism that allows him to explode to the bucket. His mid-range game is tight, and he can get to the rim. He can also guard on the perimeter. You need a wing forward to guard the perimeter. He fits coach Purnell's system to a T."

Purnell received his first commitment at DePaul last week from Crete-Monee junior forward Jamie Crockett.

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Scott Powers is the Blackhawks beat reporter for He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.