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DePaul gets potential impact grad transfer in Northern Illinois center Marin Maric

Northern Illinois v Ohio State

COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 16: Marin Maric #34 of the Northern Illinois Huskies dunks the ball during the first half of the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Value City Arena on December 16, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Northern Illinois 67-54. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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DePaul earned a commitment from graduate transfer center Marin Maric on Monday as the former Northern Illinois product pulled his name out of the NBA Draft process and committed to the Blue Demons.

The 6-foot-11 Maric put up a team-leading 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for the Huskies last season as he shot 56 percent from the field. Maric also ended the season on a high note, as he had six consecutive double-doubles to close out the season.

This is a potentially important addition for DePaul since they desperately needed some quality size to go with its crowded backcourt rotation. Maric is the type of player who could start right away for DePaul and eat up minutes inside.

Entering a new stadium located in the city’s South Loop this season, the Blue Demons will have an intriguing roster that includes two transfer additions in Austin Grandstaff and Max Strus as well as freshmen like Jaylen Butz and Justin Roberts. This roster might not be good enough to make an NCAA tournament run next year, but it’s a solid core that could really help the program get out of the Big East cellar.