Kennedy's First DePaul Recruiting Class Has Impressive Credentials

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Byline: Lindsey Willhite Daily Herald Sports Writer

It's seven days until Christmas at DePaul.

The Blue Demons have finished almost all of their shopping - and one can't help but notice how much success they had on the recruiting version of the Magnificent Mile.

Nov. 12 is the first day recruits can turn verbal commitments into signed letters of intent - and the Blue Demons have a quartet of recruits who would all rank at the top of Santa Claus' "nice" list.

And the newest recruit is the nicest of all.

At 3 p.m. today, Simeon senior swingman Bobby Simmons will hold a press conference to announce his decision to attend DePaul. He selected the Demons over Illinois.

The 6-foot-7 Simmons, ranked the nation's No. 2 shooting guard by "Recruiting USA," completes an amazing group corralled by first-year coach Pat Kennedy and his staff.

Julian's 6-8 power forward, Lance Williams, considered the No. 9 post player by "Recruiting USA," kicked off the recruiting bonanza last month.

Top-flight junior-college point guard Kerry Hartfield, a native of Benton Harbor, Mich., made a private commitment to DePaul over the weekend.

The third recruit, Miami (Sr.) power forward Antonio Latimer, declared his Demons allegiance Tuesday through his coach, Frank Martin. Latimer bypassed Miami and Florida State - Kennedy's former outpost.

Latimer, who possesses a chiseled 6-8, 230-pound frame, ranks as the nation's No. 4 power forward, according to "Recruiting USA. …