MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- DePaul basketball coach Oliver Purnell promised when he was hired that he would turn the program's recruiting around.
Purnell and the Blue Demons took a giant step in that direction on Thursday when Chicago Perspectives 6-10 forward Anthony Davis, ESPN's No. 12-ranked recruit in the Class of 2011, said he was still considering DePaul as a possible destination.
Davis previously announced he had cut his final list down to Kentucky, Ohio State and Syracuse. Recently, though, DePaul came into the picture.
"DePaul's very intriguing," Davis said at the ChicagoHoops.com End of Season Showdown. "It's really nice. They're local. My family could see every game. The Big East is a tough conference. It's really exciting. Coach Purnell seems like a nice guy. When I talked to him on the phone, he seemed like a nice guy."
The schools Davis has focused in on do have a lot in common.
"All of them fit my style of play," said Davis, who averaged 30 points and 12 rebounds last season. "They all like to run, get up and down. Their big men come down and shoot. They don't have their big men in one spot."
Davis plans on beginning his college visits after the club travel season ends.
Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.