Junior Stays In Big Ten Land

As if there wasn't enough happening in the senior class, things are heating up with members of the Class of 2005. Over the Labor Day weekend, Marcus Ginyard picked UNC and Eric Devendorf opted to stay in-state.

Eric Devendorf, a 6-3 guard from Bay City (MI) Central, committed to Tom Izzo's Michigan State program. Devendorf visited Michigan State last weekend unofficially and during that time senior Shaun Pruitt made his official visit.

"We went up there this past weekend," Michigan Hurricanes head coach Chris Grier said. "They had a meeting with Coach Izzo and was offered."

"I think they think of him as a Chris Hill-type."

Devendorf ran with the Michigan Hurricanes this past summer, the former AAU team of guys like Kelvin Torbert and Jason Richardson. During that time, Devendorf spent a little extra time with a few Spartans players and that certainly didn't hurt.

So, after the visit, according to Grier, Devendorf returned home and informed Tom Izzo that he wished to commit. Apparently, the pledge was accepted and the latest member of the Class of 2005 had committed. The Spartans aren't scared to take guys early.

Izzo took a pledge for Top 100 guard Drew Neitzel before his junior year and that worked out well.

Devendorf will probably play a number of roles in East Lansing. His reputation is as a scoring guard who can be multi-positional. He's athletic and regarded as one of the elite players in his class in the state of Michigan. The Spartans watched him on numerous occasions this summer at ABCD Camp and with the Hurricanes.

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