With the signing of guards Brandon Young
, Moses Morgan
, and forward Walter Pitchford
, Wainwright has a solid core for his freshman class in 2010.
Young, a true point guard from the nation's capitol, will bring some size to the point guard position for the Demons at 6-4.
"We're trying to pick up more size at guard," Wainwright said. "Brandon is a guy who is really comfortable with the ball in his hands. (Assistant coach) Billy Garrett had seen him early on and really did a good job of following up on him."
"He's a 6-4 guard with a handle, he's very good in the open court," said Jerry. "What sold me on him was I saw him work out with his high school team. Man, what a workout!"
Young, who is Scout.com's 29th ranked point guard in the nation for 2010, brings poise and leadership to the point guard position for the Blue Demons.
"He's shown leadership," Wainwright said. "He's got incredible room for improvement and has a great family."
Morgan, a 6-5 wing from Las Vegas, Nevada will join Young in the backcourt for DePaul
. Morgan hails from the same ICAN All-Stars AAU program as current Demons Krys Faber
and Tony Freeland
. The DePaul staff has followed Horace Greeley's famous advice when they decided to "Go West" for recruits.
"He's a west coast kid," said Wainwright. "We were helped by the fact that he knows Krys Faber and Tony Freeland. The West has become a pretty good place for us. I think the Big East is very important out there. I think Chicago is a very meaningful city to those kids. They like it here. I think they look at this as a great city."
Morgan averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds as a junior, while shooting just under .500 from the field, on his way to the Nevada state championship game for Palo Verde High School.
"(Assistant coach) David Booth saw Moses Morgan, who's (former Indiana star) Winston Morgan's son," Wainwright said. "David Booth came back and said ‘He can really, really shoot the ball'. Obviously we're losing a great shooter in Will (Walker)."
"David doesn't really have a lot of college experience," added Wainwright. "He's been evaluating for the NBA. All of a sudden, he comes back and says ‘I think this kid is a Big East shooter'. I saw him last year, but he has really filled out."
"Moses Morgan can shoot with anybody in the country," Wainwright said. "If it's a jump shooting contest, I'll enter him."
Wainwright likes what he will get from his future freshman backcourt.
"All of a sudden, with the combination of Brandon and Moses, now you're looking at 6-4, 6-5 guards," said Jerry. "They are both really good students and come from really good families. They are big strong kids. They dovetailed on visits, they were together for one day on their visit."
Perhaps the Chicago cuisine had something to do with Morgan and Young's commitments to DePaul. "Both of them made their announcements to us in restaurant settings," Wainwright shared.
"Both those guard spots were really critical for us," said Jerry. "We needed to get some depth and size at guards. To get those two kids was fabulous."
The third piece to the puzzle for DePaul is New Creations Prep School (Richmond, Indiana) forward Walter Pitchford. Wainwright and his staff spotted Pitchford playing for Team Detroit along with blue chip point guard Ray McCallum
, Jr. on the AAU circuit this summer.
"This kid had an unbelievable summer," said Jerry. "He can really shoot the ball. He's active, he's a really good athlete, and a terrific kid."
"His brother was coached in high school by Billy Garrett for awhile at Hales and went on to play in the Ivy League at Dartmouth," added Jerry.
The trio will add to the skills that the Blue Demons have right now and will enable them to compete better in the tough-as-nails Big East.
"All of these kids are really skilled kids," said Wainwright. "They're bigger. We need more size, especially on the perimeter. All three kids can really score, really shoot, and they're long."
In this report, Blue Demons head men's basketball coach Jerry Wainwright talks in-depth about his 2010 recruiting class.