Devendorf torches the nets at Spiece

<b>Fort Wayne, IN</b> - Several University of Louisville prospects had big opening nights at the Spiece Run n' Slam, including Eric Devendorf, Chad Millard, Marques Johnson, Carl Swanigan, and Richard Semrau.

While several prospects had big games on the opening night of the Spiece Run n' Slam in Fort Wayne, Indiana, we didn't see anyone who was more impressive than 6-foot-4 Eric Devendorf of the Michigan Hurricanes (Black).

Devendorf, who scored 28 points and knocked down four three pointers, certainly ranks among the nation's top shooting guards and led his team to an opening round win over All Ohio Red.

But Devendorf wasn't the only University of Louisville prospect in action. Blessed IJN's quartet of U of L prospects played well, as did Illinois Fire's Tony Freeman.

2005 Checklist

Eric Devendorf, Michigan Hurricanes, SG - You can talk about the crossover he uses to beat his defender and get in the lane to finish. You could also talk about his quick step and drive along the baseline or the multiple long range bombs he drops through the net. But here's really all you need to know about Devendorf: He's a big time scorer who gets his points just about any way he wants. He's got plenty of athleticism, plays with a confident toughness and has all kinds of scoring tools. There's no question he's one of the top shooting guards in the country.

Carl Swanigan, Blessed IJN, PF - There's a player trapped inside this big bodied frontcourt prospect. He's got plenty of skills and was seen leading the break on more than one occassion. Pulled down some tough rebounds in traffic, including some he put back on the on the offensive end. Post moves are present and he has a nice touch. What you like are his soft hands and footwork. If he drops the weight and wants it bad enough the sky's the limit for him. 11 points on the night.

Chad Millard, Blessed IJN, SF - Excellent prospect has nice hops, a wide range of skills, and can stroke it from deep. He's seems to thrive in an uptempo game and finishes on the break. He's particularly fond of the wing jumper, knocking down three from the beyond the arch. Has no problems putting the ball on the floor and creating scoring opportunities for himself and can hit the midrange pull-up. He's a really good athlete and will pull down some boards for you, too. 20 points against Inner City Players.

Richard Semrau, Blessed IJN, PF/C - Came out of no where this spring to make a name for himself. And upon first glance he's an impressive player. Grabbed our attention with his athleticism, hands and footwork inside. He runs the floor and knows how to score around the basket. Has a soft touch and hit a nice turnaround jumper from 12 feet. 16 points in the opener.

Terrence Williams, Seattle Rotary Select, G - Great athlete. He'll dunk it when given the chance and appears to have the ability to become an excellent defender on the perimeter. He was active on the boards Friday night and had an impressive follow dunk against 7' Greg Oden's team.

Tony Freeman, Illinois Fire, G - Not sure if he's a point guard but he sure can score. Shoots the ball well and can make the pull up jumper from midrange. We'll go back Saturday for a second look.

2006 Checklist

Marques Johnson, Blessed IJN, PG/SG - Very impressive performer. Looks like his body is really starting to develop and the added strength helps him finish around the hoop. When you talk about triple threat guys, Johnson counts among those ranks. He has no problem getting to the hoop or knocking down the three. He's got all the skills and is very smooth and poised with the ball. He's extremely versatile and can play the point or off the ball. He has good vision and also knocked down a 16 foot pull-up. Johnson simply does it all offensively.

DeAngelo Riley, Michigan Hurricanes (Black), F - Impressive athlete appears to be about 6-7. He has a pretty good stroke, finishes in traffic and does work on the boards. He's one to keep an eye on for down the road.

School Lists

Devendorf listed Michigan, Michigan State, N.C. State, Louisville, Syracuse and Florida. He said he'll visit Florida the weekend before the Bob Gibbons Tournament and Syracuse on June 12.

Williams listed Arizona, Kansas, Louisville and Georgia Tech as his top four. He said he'll make an official visit to Louisville next weekend.

Semrau listed Kentucky and North Carolina as his top two followed by Louisville, Arizona and UCLA. Boston College, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech also got mentions. Tubby Smith made an in-school visit during April's contact period. "I'm still open, though," Semrau said.

Stay tuned for one-on-one exclusives with Terrence Williams, Eric Devendorf, Carl Swanagan, Marques Johnson and others....


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