Blue Demon basketball adds another transfer player


A rendering of Wintrust Arena from the southwest, showing what the name will look like. (Photo courtesy of DePaul Athletics)

The depth chart at the shooting guard position became a little more crowded today for the DePaul Blue Demon men’s basketball program.

DePaul announced the addition of 6-foot-3-inch graduate transfer Lyrik Shreiner who will become immediately eligible for the 2018-2019 season and will have two total years of eligibility remaining.

“We are really happy to add Lyrik to our team at this stage of the preseason,” Blue Demon head coach Dave Leitao said via a press release from the athletic department. “He has experience playing college basketball over his two seasons at TCU and Cal State Northridge and provides us added depth in our backcourt. Lyrik is a high-level player in the offensive end of the floor and possesses a high basketball IQ that can help every day in practice and during the season when we open our schedule.”

The Phoenix resident was a three-star recruit coming out of high school at Hillcrest Academy in Mesa, Ariz. He struggled to find playing time his freshman season at Texas Christian University, averaging 1.8 points in 5.3 minutes of playing time per game before transferring to California State University, Northridge. After sitting out a year per transfer player protocol, he put up 9.0 points per game (fourth on his team) and grabbed 4.7 rebounds per game (third on his team) for CSUN during his sophomore season.

Shreiner joins forwards Darious Hall and center Femi Olujobi as the third transfer player the Blue Demons have added this summer.

Shreiner figures to slot into the shooting guard position for the Blue Demons. He’ll compete for playing time with sharpshooting, former University of Illinois player Jalen Coleman-Lands and talented freshman John Diener.

Coleman-Lands (40.2 percent) is a better 3-point shooter than Shreiner (29.1 percent), so that could factor into who starts alongside a point guard in Devin Gage (23.1 percent) or Flynn Cameron (27.3 percent in his last FIBA tournament ) who hasn’t shot the ball well from deep so far in their respective careers.