DePaul basketball continues to delve into its roots, signing and securing commitments from players from the Chicago Public League.
The latest is Rashaun Stimage, who starred at Farragut before heading off to the junior college ranks last year. Stimage, a long, bouncy and talented forward, committed to coach Oliver Purnell and the Blue Demons on Monday.
The City/Suburban Hoops Report has always been extremely high on Stimage, raving about the athletic forward in THIS June 2011 story. The Hoops Report had Stimage ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2012 in Illinois throughout his senior year.
Stimage was always the player who had the highest ceiling of any player in the Class of 2012. While raw and somewhat inconsistent, Stimage's combination of size, athleticism and talent was eye-opening at times.
"I've had a lot of good big men, but Rashaun was the most versatile big man I've had since Kevin Garnett," says Farragut coach Wolf Nelson. "When he gained a little consistency with that jumper and started putting it on the floor, he became a matchup nightmare."
The 6-8 Stimage was a bundle of raw talent with superior athleticism who played with energy and toughness. What Nelson always liked about Stimage was he never forgot who he was as a player, even after adding perimeter skills late in his career.
"He started to step out and make shots, put it on the floor better, but he never forgot that his game was inside-out," says Nelson. "But he was a triple-double waiting to happen. He could score and rebound, but he can really block shots. He was always blocking shots and then running the floor and beating every one down the floor."
DePaul now has a talent that is ready to bloom. Assistant coach Billy Garrett was always intrigued with Stimage in high school and has been involved longer than any other coach. Even after the juco stops, Garrett's interest paid off for the Blue Demons.
Stimage will play at Daytona State Junior College this year after spending last season at Blinn Junior College in Texas. He will join fellow Public Leaguers Myke Henry (Orr), who is sitting out this year after transferring from Illinois, Tommy Hamilton, who began his high school career at Whitney Young before finishing his senior year at IMGA Academy in Florida, and Morgan Park all-stater Billy Garrett, Jr., who will be a freshman this year.
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