Milwaukee, WI – DePaul had the lead over Marquette for the first 32 minutes. Then Marquette launched a comeback sparked by two Jake Thomas three-pointers, a three -point play by Jamil Wilson and a Todd Mayo three- pointer to beat DePaul 66-56. After losing at Creighton by 18 points, Marquette made a change in their starting lineup. Davante Gardner made his first start of the year replacing Derrick Wilson. At the end of the game Marquette went inside to Gardner every possession as he scored 21 of his career-high 28 points in the second half. DePaul could not maintain their three- point shooting pace from the first half. They were 7-of-13 in the first half, then fell to 3-of-10 in the second half. Combine that with 38 percent shooting for the game and some late game turnovers and the Blue Demons could not pull off the upset.
Cleveland Melvin had 22 points which places him his sixth in DePaul’s all time scoring leaders. He is 6-8, 208 pounds and plays a stretch power forward position. Offensively he creates match-up problems with his ability to hit three’s (5-of-8 versus Marquette). He also can score by using his ball handling and height to score inside. Being constant and not relying on his three-point shot too much are attributes for Melvin to improve upon.
Marquette’s starting lineup proved how versatile Jamil Wilson is. The Golden Eagles replaced Derrick Wilson, a point guard, in the starting lineup and put in power forward/center Gardner. Wilson then became the primary ball handler and decision maker and also showed the capability of defending most positions on the floor. Wilson is 6-7 and 230 pounds with a solid wingspan. Offensively, he is best when operating in the mid-post area and using his speed /skill to get to the basket or pulling up for a 15-17 foot jump shot. Defensively, he can guard any type of player besides a big center by using his length, speed or strength. For next level play, Wilson’s versatility is both his strength and weakness as he needs a NBA elite skill to separate him from other players. His ability to guard different positions is a big plus and his versatility could lead him to get a NBA summer league invite with the goal of elite skill development.
Steven Siewert is a Correspondent and Scout for NetScouts Basketball.