Had the Michigan Hurricanes advanced to the Final Four of the Spiece Run N Slam tournament last weekend in Fort Wayne, Ind., we would have crowned 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard Eric Devendorf the event’s most valuable player. The one-time Michigan State pledge was fantastic on the court and continues to establish himself as one of the elite in 2005.
Devendorf put on an offensive clinic, scoring at will against anyone that got in his way. He’s a great shooter with solid ball handling skills and high major athleticism. That short scouting report has been a constant during the spring evaluation period.
“I’m just coming out here and show what I can do and help get my stock up,” Devendorf said. “Last year no one knew who I was but after ABCD, they started to come around. I’m hoping to do the same thing this summer.”
After the summer period ended in 2003, Devendorf decided to verbally commit to Tom Izzo and the Spartans. Six months later, the rising senior re-opened his recruitment.
“When I de-committed, I just thought I committed too early. I wasn’t anything against Michigan State I just thought I jumped into it a little fast,” Devendorf said. “They are still in it, no doubt.”
There are a number of high majors schools that made some head way during the live period, too.
“I had some in school visits last week. Syracuse came, Florida came, Michigan State came, North Carolina State was scheduled to come but I came (to the Spiece tournament) so that didn’t work out,” Devendorf said. “Right now, I’m open to anybody, seeing what everyone has to say.”
Texas, North Carolina, Louisville and “most of the Big Ten schools,” he says are also involved. Devendorf said he’d be taking an unofficial visit to Florida on May 21 and then to Syracuse on June 11. He’s already been to Michigan and Michigan State for unofficial trips.
“I’m trying to narrow it down to two or three by the end of July and then commit in the fall,” Devendorf said.
Devendorf and his talented Michigan Hurricanes squad will be at the Tournament of Champions in late May.