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Weem’s Surprises the Recruiting Scene with DePaul Commitment

By: Scott Burnstein, May 23, 2018, 10:15 am
A decision that sent shock waves throughout the nation’s recruiting scene, New Haven basketball superstar Romeo Weems, one of the top boys junior hoopsters in the country, committed to Big East basement-dweller DePaul Tuesday. The Blue Demons haven’t made the NCAA Tournament in more than a decade.
 
Weems, a 6-foot-7 small forward, is the frontrunner for the state of Michigan’s 2019 Mr. Basketball award. ESPN ranks him the 30th best player in his class nationally.
 
As a sophomore, Weems led New Haven to a Class B state championship. Last season, he averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists per night on a club that appeared in the final four. He chose DePaul over Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Oregon. Earlier this month, Weems put to bed rumors that he was heading to a prep school for his senior year, announcing he was remaining at New Haven.
 
DePaul went 11-20 in 2018, only winning four games in Big East competition. Past in-state cagers to play for the Blue Demons, include current NBA vet Wilson Chandler (Mr. Basketball in 2005 at Benton Harbor) and Dar Tucker (Saginaw). Speculation began circulating last week that Weems may surprise the masses and head to Chicago instead of Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Columbus or Eugene. Back in the 1970s and early 1980s, DePaul was a NCAA powerhouse, but has struggled to consistently contend in more recent times.