DePaul Blue Demons Men’s Basketball Player to Watch: Cleveland Melvin
Over the last decade there have only been a handful of DePaul Men’s Basketball players to gain national attention. Most recently it’s been players such as shooting guard Dar Tucker, who was a regular on SportCenter’s Top 10 for his incredible high flying dunks, and forward Wilson Chandler, who is quickly establishing himself in the NBA and was a big piece in the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks.
With both Tucker and Chandler in the NBA (Tucker is currently playing in the NBA’s Developmental League where he’s won the league’s Slam Dunk contest the last two seasons, and Chandler is heading to free agency after spending last season with the Knicks and Nuggets) the Blue Demons’ faithful turn to their latest superstar – Cleveland Melvin.
In his freshman year, Melvin averaged a team high 14.3 points per game and racked up an average of 5 rebounds a game on his way to surpassing NBA legend Mark Aguirre for the highest field goal percentage recorded by a DePaul freshman. The 6’8’’ freshman forward out-shined all of his peers in one of college basketball’s toughest conferences. Melvin was crowned as the 2010-2011 Big East Rookie of the Year, was honored with the Big East Rookie of the Week award 4 times, and was the only unanimous selection to the Big East All Rookie team.
The Blue Demons will be relying heavily on Melvin in his sophomore season since the team has already lost players to injuries as well as off the court issues. If Cleveland continues to play up to his potential he can help solidify this ever-improving Blue Demons team and make a splash in the Big East this year.
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