By Joe Henricksen
With many of the top prospects in the Class of 2010 off the board and already committed -- at least in terms of Illinois prep prospects -- the DePaul basketball program is hoping to hit a home run in the star-studded class of 2011. The most recent target is St. Ignatius rising big man Nnanna Egwu, the 6-9 junior who plays for Mike Mullins' Illinois Wolves program. According to Mullins, the Blue Demons offered Egwu Wednesday night while on an unofficial visit.
DePaul's recruiting fortunes took a swing for the better with the hiring of assistant coach Tracy Webster, who brings much-needed credibility and connections to the Blue Demon recruiting circles. Coach Jerry Wainwright and Webster will surely be scouring the Class of 2011 in hopes of beginning the rebuilding process.
Egwu, who also has offers from three Big Ten schools in Illinois, Northwestern and Wisconsin, would be a huge recruiting coup for DePaul. While still very raw offensively, it's easy to become enamored with his upside after watching him run up and down the floor for a player his size and length. DePaul will surely be active with the likes of the De La Salle duo of Dre Henley and Mike Shaw, Morgan Park's Wayne Blackshear and several others.