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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Simeon believes DePaul pipeline is open

By Scott Powers

Let the Simeon-to-DePaul pipeline begin.

Simeon coach Robert Smith believed he and DePaul coach Oliver Purnell had repaired their programs' relationship after the two Chicago coaches met last week and again on Tuesday. Smith had previously felt the programs were on different wavelengths.

"It was great," Smith said of last week's meeting with Purnell. "DePaul was the first one in [Tuesday.] Coach Purnell, we had a brief conversation again. It went well. We were able to talk and communicate on things we weren't able to communicate on before. We have a great fresh start."

Smith is hopeful the new beginning will lead to DePaul attracting his players.

"Hopefully, they can get into Simeon and recruit our guys and maybe someone will commit to go there," Smith said.

Purnell attended Simeon's open gym on Tuesday and has been actively recruiting Simeon junior forward Jabari Parker and junior point guard Jaylon Tate. Both hold offers from the Blue Demons.

DePaul has previously missed on Simeon's top players. Senior forward Steve Taylor chose to commit to rival Marquette last month. Simeon junior guard Kendrick Nunn also held a DePaul offer before recently committing to Texas A&M.

Bobby Simmons, a Class of 1998 recruit, is the last Simeon star to play for DePaul.