Spring Takeout: Gabe DeVoe

When fans perused the Parade All-American team over the weekend, DeVoe's name had to stand out as one of the less familiar.

Unranked and overlooked nationally and even within North Carolina, DeVoe opened eyes as one of the more impressive performers at last August's CP3 Camp. There, having recently committed to Clemson over Virginia Tech, Xavier and others, he proved that his skill and strength had progressed to that point he could more than hold his own against national competition.

He proceeded to explode this season and carry his momentum forward. He scored 51 points on his senior day for Shelby (N.C.) High last month, and his high point total of the season was 52. He'd never been noted as a dominant scorer, and while it's true he didn't compete at a basketball factory — where stats are more likely to be realistic as opposed to smaller, public schools —he had solidified his reputation earlier at CP3.

DeVoe is a power wing. He's a good stationary jump shooter with three-point range who's accurate when he's able to set his feet. He's less comfortable when on the move, but he understands how to take what's given to him and plays within the team concept. He buried 11 threes in his 52-point binge, so obviously he can carry the load when he's cooking.

DeVoe averaged more than 30 points per game on the year and holds more than one arrow in the quiver. In addition to his shooting, he's a powerful driver who's best attacking in a straight line and creating contact at the rim. There are better leapers, but overall he's a good athlete and obviously benefits from being stronger than most of his peers.

Defensively, he expends commendable effort and possesses sound instincts. He doesn't project as an ACC lockdown guy, but he should be an asset on that end of the court as well.

The bottom line is that he impressed all year based on tangibles and intangibles, as fans in that rural area are accustomed to high-level athletes (especially in football) yet speak in glowing terms about the Clemson signee. He appears to be a steal for Clemson and, while there's entrenched competition already in the program, he should be able to crack the rotation as a freshman based on his ability to hit jump shots.

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