I don’t like writing a headline like this, but then again, I suppose you can’t win them all. DeJuan Marrero of Bowman in Gary, Indiana has chosen to attend DePaul in 2012 instead of Illinois. This is DePaul’s first commitment for 2012.
Marrero is quoted as saying “No one saw this one coming,” on his decision to attend DePaul. The 6’5″ 200-pound small forward was also recruited by Missouri State, Dayton, Miami (Fla.), and Ball State.
I don’t want to be rude, but with 3 stars on Rivals and the quality of the other programs that were in contention, I can’t say I’m really upset about this kid heading another direction. Not to mention the fact that 200 pounds sounds like a lot on the frame of a small forward, while 6’5″ is the shorter end. Also, rivals.com characterized his shooting as “poor.”
Marrero mentioned that he really wanted to play in the Big East, but I’m not sure he realizes that he is playing on a team that has won maybe two conference games in the last three years. The Big East gets a lot of basketball hype, but so does the Big Ten. Why would you prefer to play on a team that’s at the bottom of the barrell instead of one that’s in an equally as reputable conference and in the upper echelon? Unless of course he knew that at DePaul he’d play, while at Illinois he might have to ride the bench as other talented guys hit the court.
What bugs me the most is that Marrero thinks he’s shocked the world and dissappointed the Illini Nation by not making a commitment. For years DePaul has been jealous of the team in Central Illinois, when to us they are just a small blip on the radar. The only time that DePaul basketball mattered to Illinois in the last few years is in 2005 we borrowed their court in the Elite Eight and came back from behind to crush Arizona’s hopes and dreams. Otherwise, we barely notice DePaul exists. Now if the Indiana native had chosen to join a team in Indiana, then maybe we would have cared…
Don’t worry about us in Champaign, Marrero, we’ll be fine! Go have fun playing in the Big East with a fan base that doesn’t give a hoot.