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Four-star wing Terrence Shannon commits to DePaul

The DePaul Blue Demons notched another victory in the win column on the recruiting trail when four-star prospect Terrence Shannon committed to the program Sunday.

Terrence Shannon wasn’t offered any college basketball scholarships following his senior season. Nearly five months later, the four-star wing has committed to DePaul.

The Lincoln Park High School product announced his decision Sunday, choosing the Blue Demons over Illinois, Florida State and Maryland. Shannon decided on reclassifying to the 2019 recruiting class in the spring, playing for the Mac Irvin Fire — a Nike EYBL AAU program in Chicago — before suiting up for IMG Academy in Florida in the fall. The 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward averaged 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in 19 contests on the circuit while shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the arc.

Shannon showcased loads of athleticism at Lincoln Park, but his improved off-ball skillset skyrocketed his stock after handling point guard duties in years prior. He was the No. 72 and No. 92 player in the 2019 recruiting class on Rivals and 247Sports’ composite rankings, respectively.

The Chicago native will team up with 2019 four-star big Romeo Weems, who committed to DePaul in May. The 6’7”, 215-pound forward totaled 23.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 4.8 steals and 2.0 blocks per game as a junior at New Haven High School. Weems was the No. 38 overall recruit by Rivals and No. 40 by 247Sports. He helped lead USA basketball men’s U17 team to a gold medal in July, posting 12 points and nine rebounds in a 95-52 win over France in the gold medal game.

DePaul assistant coach Tim Anderson, who joined the Blue Demons’ staff in August 2017, was a key cog in both Weems and Shannon’s recruitment. Anderson worked with Chicago Bulls’ forward Jabari Parker and New Orleans Pelicans’ center Anthony Davis during his time at Ground Zero training, along with coaching for MeanStreets — another AAU program in the city. His well-established role in the Chicago basketball pipeline evidently paid dividends.

Blue Demons’ coach Dave Leitao prioritized recruiting Chicagoland prospects since his return to Lincoln Park in March 2015. Following Shannon’s verbal commitment, DePaul has generated the fifth and seventh-best 2019 recruiting class in the country on Rivals and 247Sports, respectively. It’s the program’s highest ranking since 2007 (top-25), landing five-star forward Mac Koshwal and four-star guard Dar Tucker that season.

The previous campaign represented DePaul’s last appearance in the NCAA tournament — an 11-year absence from March Madness. Shannon and Weems will play alongside now-redshirt junior Jalen Coleman-Lands, who sat out last season after transferring from Illinois. Coleman-Lands averaged 10.3 points per game in his sophomore campaign, shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 42.2 percent on threes.

Now, Shannon possesses an opportunity to be a difference-maker — five minutes away from his high school — after receiving zero interest while playing for Lincoln Park.

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