I don't think Simmons or Ingram is some kind of franchise savior. Simmons is a great fit as a 4 in the modern NBA though because he can guard inside and on the perimeter, rebound, handle the ball like a guard, and score inside. Even if he never develops a reliable jumper, he is still going to be a very valuable player. I see him as a better version of Draymond Green who can create offense on his own much better than Green.
DePaul will be represented on NBA Draft night. Seriously?! Yes, it may be hard to believe, given how awful the program has been lately, but Junior forward Mac Koshwal declared early for the 2010 NBA Draft, and you'll currently see his name on many scout lists. The lanky big man tested the waters last year, so he's in to stay this year and you'll likely hear his name called in the second round on draft night. He is not eligible to return to school.
"We're sorry that we won't have the opportunity to work with Mac during his senior season and see him finish his career at DePaul with his degree," said head coach Oliver Purnell. "We wish him nothing but the best in the future."
In 81 career games over three seasons, Koshwal averaged 12.6 points and 9.3 rebounds while starting 76 times. He totaled 27 double-doubles and 58 career games in double-figures. Koshwal also gathered at least 10 rebounds in 37 career games including a career-high 22 rebounds against Creighton on Dec. 23, 2008.
Koshwal is ranked among DePaul's all-time leaders in rebounding average (10th - 9.3 rpg), total rebounds (11th - 750), field goal percentage (12th - .522), steals (23rd - 114 steals) and career scoring (44th - 1,019 pts.). In the final game of the regular-season against St. John's this season, he became the 46th player in program history with 1,000 career points.
During his junior season, Koshwal was just one of three BIG EAST players to average a double-double with 16.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Jamine Peterson of Providence (19.6 ppg/10.2 rpg) and Seton Hall's Herb Pope (11.5 ppg/10.7 rpg) also averaged at least 10 points and 10 boards throughout the season. He totaled 16 games in double-figures and 11 double-doubles and finished the season strong averaging 20.6 points and 10.6 rebounds over the final seven games of the season.