Blue Demons nab three star, class of 2019 recruit

DePaul head coach Dave Leitao yells to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball  game against Villanova, Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

DePaul head coach Dave Leitao yells to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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The DePaul Blue Demons roster for the 2019-2020 season just got one man stronger today.

According to 247Sports.com, 2019 6-foot-5-inch shooting guard Oscar Lopez has given a verbal commitment to DePaul University and head coach Dave Leitao. The Torrance, Calif. native took an official visit to DePaul on Sept. 21 and has now picked the Blue Demons after fielding offers from Colorado, Georgia Tech, and several other smaller schools.

“I’d like to announce that I’m 110 percent committed to the UNIVERSITY OF DEPAUL,” Lopez wrote in a screenshotted note he posted on his Twitter account. “I would like to thank all the coaching staff at DEPAUL for recruiting me @depaulhoops #GOBLUEDEMONS.”

Lopez is a three-star prospect according to 247Sports.com, and really began to garner attention from schools when he joined the West Coast Elite Under Armour AAU program last spring. He currently attends Veritas Prep in Anaheim, Calif., and previously attended Lynwood High School in Lynwood, Calif. and Bishop Montgomery in Torrance, Calif. before his move to Veritas.

When he arrives in Lincoln Park, he’ll compete for playing time in what’s becoming a crowded group of Blue Demon perimeter players.

Lopez is a 6-foot-5 wing-type with very good ball skills, an innate passing ability, and he is as tenacious a competitor as you will find,” PrepHoops.com writer Joel Francisco wrote. “While on the block he knows how to carve out space, can finish with either hand, and he has terrific hands. On the perimeter, he can screen and cut with aplomb, and his perimeter shot has become more dependable.

Lopez joins highly-touted recruit Romeo Weems in the Blue Demons 2019 recruiting class.