The Student Newspaper of DePaul University

The DePaulia

The Student Newspaper of DePaul University

The DePaulia

The Student Newspaper of DePaul University

The DePaulia

BREAKING: DePaul guard Zion Cruz enters transfer portal

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Quentin Blais
Freshman four-star recruit Zion Cruz plays defense against a Marian guard in Wintrust Arena on Nov. 1.

Four-star recruit and sophomore guard Zion Cruz is reportedly leaving DePaul and entering the transfer portal, the university confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

“We can confirm that Zion Cruz is not enrolled in fall classes and intends to transfer,” DePaul Athletics said in a statement to The DePaulia. “We wish him all the best in his future.”

Cruz’s freshman season didn’t unfold as expected, marked by his struggles to secure consistent playing time, with an average of  just 10.7 minutes per game across 27 appearances. He averaged only 2.4 points per game, while shooting 33.3% from the field and 28% from beyond the arc.

A potential factor behind his limited playing time was the depth of talent among the Blue Demons’ guards, as well as head coach Tony Stubblefield’s tendency to give experienced players more minutes.

Cruz’s decision to transfer right before the start of the basketball season was a shock to many. Now, Cruz has less than two months to find a new school and successfully enroll for the current fall semester.

With Cruz no longer part of the team, the Blue Demons currently have a roster of just 12 scholarship players, which opens up the possibility for them to add another recruit for the upcoming season.

If Stubblefield decides to make further additions to the roster, the primary focus is to be securing another center after the departure of both Eral Penn and Nick Ongenda.

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