David Booth leaves DePaul's staff

David Booth is leaving the DePaul men's basketball program for a scouting position with the New Orleans Hornets, the school announced Friday.

Booth, a former DePaul player, was an assistant coach during the 2009-2010 season and was made the program's director of community, corporate and professional relations after coach Oliver Purnell was hired in April.

"It was a great experience being able to come back to DePaul and be part of the program," Booth said in a statement. "It's something I'll always treasure. I'll still do whatever I can to help the program from afar. The Hornets offered me an opportunity that I really couldn't pass up getting back to the NBA."

Booth had been a regional scout for the Memphis Grizzlies for five years before being hired by DePaul in May of 2009.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.