Former LIU Forward Eral Penn announced just this morning that after five seasons with the Sharks he would be heading to DePaul with his additional year of eligibility to join a vastly improved Blue Demons squad in Tony Stubblefield’s second season in charge.
Penn’s departure comes just days after the program announced it would move on from head coach Derek Kellogg to sign former NBA All-Star and G-League Ignite Program Director Rod Strickland as the team’s new leader, a New York native himself.
In Penn, DePaul is gaining a two-time All-NEC selection who averaged 17.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 1.9 APG across his four seasons at LIU, scoring at an elite level best showcased by a 37-point performance in a win over Fairleigh Dickinson just before the 2022 NEC Tournament.
Within just hours of entering the transfer portal, Penn had reportedly heard from multiple coaches and programs and selected DePaul over several high-major and mid-major schools including UCLA, Marquette, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Iowa, St. Bonaventure, Longwood, and more. Penn will mark Stubblefield’s third offseason transfer addition as he’ll get set to team up with former North Texas and Oklahoma standout Umoja Gibson who averaged 13.3 PPG, 2.1 RPG, and 1.5 APG last season with the Sooners. As well as former top-100 prospect Caleb Murphy who averaged 11.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, and 3.4 APG as a sophomore with South Florida.
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