Eric Devendorf has a plan. He’s been visiting schools and taking in as much as he can at Florida, Michigan State and most recently Syracuse. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard from Bay City, Mich., also knows when he’ll make a decision, too. The future Oak Hill Academy player will announce his plans in less than a month.
Devendorf, who is rated the No. 17 player in the nation by Rivals.com, took an unofficial visit to Syracuse last weekend with his family and AAU coach. During the trip, he had a chance to play with Hakim Warrick and Louie McCroskey. The shooting guard was also impressed with the surrounding community.
“The city was bigger than I thought it was going to be,” Devendorf said. “I liked what I saw. It was a good time. I liked the city environment a lot. The coaches are cool people. A lot of them played ball themselves. Coach (Mike) Hopkins played there and he knows how to interact with the rest of the players.”
Prior to his time with the Orange, Devendorf made a trip south for a visit to the University of Florida.
“I like the way they run their style,” Devendorf said. “They love to get up and down the floor. The players interact well with their coaches and vice-versa.”
The third team being considered is a familiar one. Michigan State, who Devendorf committed to in the fall of 2003, is still in the mix.
“I’ve known them forever. They are good friends of mine,” he said of the Spartans. “They’ve been there since my sophomore year of high school. The guys are always cool with me. I go to open gym down there whenever I can.”
Devendorf said he’s done visiting schools and wants to focus on the upcoming NBA Players Association camp and the USA Youth Development Festival. He’ll end the suspense in the first of July.
“I’ll announce my decision at the ABCD camp,” he said. “Those are my three schools and by the time the camp comes around, I’ll know where I’m going.”