Standout Junior Re-Opens Recruitment

When a guy who averages 31 points a game takes his name off the committed list, people notice. On Tuesday, one of the elite players in the Midwest, Eric Devendorf, de-committed from Michigan State.

Eric Devendorf, a 6-3 shooting guard out of Bay City (MI) Central, announced on Tuesday that he's no longer committed to Michigan State, the school that he picked last September.

"I just thought I kind of made too quick of a decision," Devendorf said. "I got caught up in being down there with all the players. Alan Anderson and Kelvin Torbert were in Vegas when I was there [last July] and I got to know them. I kind of want to look around."

Looking around meant saying "no" to Tom Izzo and the Spartans, at least for the time being. "I think [Coach Izzo is] disappointed obviously. He encouraged me to go look at other schools. He's still going to recruit me. The scholarship is still there. Michigan State is still there if I want to come back."

The Spartans won't be the only school chasing the 31-point per game scorer. After a dandy junior season, in which he distinguished himself as one of the two best juniors in Michigan, Devendorf is sure to be a hot item.

"I have five schools right now. Michigan State is still on my list. Michigan State, Florida, Syracuse, Wake Forest and North Carolina are schools I like. A sixth one would be Louisville." There's little doubt that each program will show interest once they learn of his recent development.

Devendorf said that he has not spoken with any school other than Michigan State since the de-commitment. Now that he's been through this once, he's got an idea of what is important to him.

"I want to kind of go down and find out if I want to go out of state. I can't go to [a school like] Florida every weekend like I could to Michigan State. I want to see how I fit into the system and see what it's like. I need a good relationship with the coaches; outside of basketball. You have to be able to talk to them about anything. You have to be able to talk about other things you have on your mind like school or whatever."

Devendorf isn't going to have much problem fitting into any system. When you are athletic, tough and can score it like he can, things seem to fall into place. How many guys compare themselves to Pete Maravich? Devendorf does.

"I always watched movies on him but that was one of my dad's favorite players. He could pass and shoot and the fans liked to watch him play and that's what I like to do."

Really what he likes to do and what he does best is find his way to the rim. "I think I can get to the basket whenever I really want."

Devendorf said that he's in no hurry and we can see this recruitment taking its shape during the summer months. This has been something he's contemplated for the last few weeks but only recently decided to de-commit.

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