Devendorf open, Louisville getting involved

<b>FORT WAYNE,IN</b> - High scoring guard Eric Devendorf says he's wide open and Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals are starting to get involved.

Watch 6'4 shooting guard Eric Devendorf for any length of time and one thing will immediately impress you: His ability to score the basketball.

Devendorf, who hails from Bay City, Michigan, can put the ball in the basket any number of ways. He was clearly one the top ten prospects in action over the weekend at the Spiece Run n' Slam, scoring at will from deep and with his ability to get to the basket using his bounce.

An athletic prospect, Devendorf has a toughness and little edginess to his game. He verbally committed to Michigan State during his junior season but has since backed off because he felt he jumped the gun a bit too soon.

"I'm open to everyone who wants to get involved," Devendorf said.

Devendorf listed Michigan, Michigan State, Syracuse, Florida, N.C. State, Louisville and North Carolina over the weekend and has scheduled upcoming visits to both Gainesville and Syracuse.

"I'm making a visit to Florida the weekend before the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions and to Syracuse June 12," Devendorf said.

Devendorf said coaches from Syracuse, Florida and Michigan State stopped by during April to visit with him and Rick Pitino called last week to express interest.

"I just talked to Rick Pitino on the phone a couple of days ago," Devendorf said Friday night in Fort Wayne. "He told me he's looking for a shooter in my class."

"Obviously I'm interested because of Coach Pitino," Devendorf continued. "He can help get me to the next level and that's where I want to get to."

Devendorf said he'd like to narrow his list to two or three finalists by the end of July and knows exactly what he's looking for in a potential college choice.

"I want to find a program where I can come in as a freshman and have a major impact," Devendorf said. "The coaching staff and finding comfortable surroundings are also important factors to me."

Asked whether or not Michigan State was still strong in his mind, Devendorf said, "They're still one of my favorites."

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