While making strides in converting from a power forward to a small forward over the summer, three-star prospect Manuel Cass won over the new DePaul coaching staff. Just prior to the end of the early signing period, Cass, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound combo forward from Carbondale (Ill.) High School inked with the Blue Demons.
"I like the academics at DePaul and the college basketball atmosphere there," said Cass. "On top of that, it is in the Big East and is close to my home. When I get there I should have a good opportunity to play early."
Cass, who has played primarily inside for his high school team, stretched his game to the perimeter this summer while playing for the Illinois Warriors. Already adept at scoring in the midrange area with his strength and athleticism, Cass displayed the ability to shoot with three-point range and defend on the perimeter.
His playmaking abilities with the ball still need improving, but he is solid with the ball and can knock down a shot. As a small forward, he will be a very good rebounder and will be able to operate down low against smaller defenders.
USC, Baylor, Iowa and Bradley had all offered Cass, who averaged 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks per game as a junior.