DePaul, Kentucky, FSU out in full force 

July, 21, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Jabari Parker’s travel team, Mac Irvin Fire, is at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam. The only problem is Parker, the nation’s top senior, isn’t with them. Parker’s back home in Chicago taking care of a broken foot that limited him during last month’s USA Basketball gold-medal run.

Even though Parker, the top target of most of the basketball powerhouses in the country, isn’t here, DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is at the tournament. Not only is Purnell recruiting Parker with everything he has, he’s trying to get kids from both the Chicago teams -- Mac Irvin Fire and Meanstreets -- at the Peach Jam. The Blue Demons are after at least a half-dozen kids between the two programs, and that means the DePaul staff has been omnipresent.

DePaul has been going “three-deep” or “full staff,” meaning the head coach and two assistants -- all of the allowable personnel on the road at once -- sit front and center each time either team plays. It’s basically a recruiting show of force aimed at letting the kids know exactly how bad the program wants them. In this case, DePaul is looking to parlay this month into commitments, or at the least official visits for the fall. Guys such as Kendrick Nunn (Chicago/Simeon), Sterling Brown (Maywood, Ill./Proviso East), junior Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young), Gavin Schilling (Chicago/DeLaSalle) and junior Paul White (Chicago/Whitney Young) are amongst the targets. Billy Garrett Jr. (Chicago/Morgan Park) is the son of assistant Billy Garrett and is already committed.