What Romeo Weems commitment could mean for DePaul basketball

The DePaul mens basketball program has had its share of false dawns in recent years, and a truly skeptical fan could easily chalk up Tuesday as another of those days. We’re here to tell you that reaction is selling Romeo Weems far too short.RELATED: Why New Haven’s Romeo Weems picked DePaul: ‘They told me the truth’Weems, a four-star recruit from New Haven (Mich.), officially committed to DePaul, shirking scholarship offers from a number of the nation’s top programs including both Michigan and Michigan State. Weems is considered the top basketball prospect in the state of Michigan, and according to the Detroit Free Press becomes just the second since 2005 to skip out on Michigan or Michigan State for another scholarship offer. Like the player who left in 2005 – former NBA player Wilson Chandler – Weems chose DePaul.If they are success – and that’s a big if – Weems’ commitment could indeed be a gamechanger for the Blue Demons. Unlike football, where only a massive recruiting class can truly change the fortunes of a program, a single big-time prospect can lead a basketball program to the promised land. For two years in the mid-2000s, that player was the aforementioned Chandler, who took over contests while eventually leading the Blue Demons to the quarterfinals of the NIT. In 1999 and 2000, that player was Quentin Richardson.Under Richardson’s reign, the rise up the rankings was easier; Conference USA was a a talent rich league for individual prospects, but not necessarily for a legion of top teams. When Chandler held court, the Blue Demons were already contending with the Big East, annually one of America’s toughest conferences.