FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- This AAU season is full of transitioning for 2015 Mishawaka (Ind.) Marian point guard Devin Cannady.
Normally the go to guy and leading scorer for his high school team as a combo guard, Cannady has taken over the duties of point guard of Spiece Indy Heat, playing alongside 6-foot-8 center Caleb Swanigan and 6-foot-10 forward Deyonta Davis.
Though the two big men inside are designed to make life easier on the guards, Cannady admits he’s still adjusting to how different his role is with the extra muscle and mismatches every possession.
“I’m still trying to feel my way on this team,” Cannady said. “I was on MBA Select before hand so it’s a whole new vibe playing with Biggy and Diddy, having some big guys down low.
“I’m trying to find my way as both a point guard and shooting guard. All in all I think I’m contributing to the team.”
Consistently knocking down his opportunities from three-point land throughout the weekend at Spiece Run-n-Slam, Cannady’s role as a scorer has certainly lessened this spring and summer.
Despite it all, Cannady is looking at his role as a positive, a chance to showcase his other abilities as a floor leader.
“On my previous teams I was the one that had to shoot all the time so it’s different,” Cannady said. “I’m looking for my shots but you see some big guys wide open down low so it’s more of a point guard game for me now as opposed to a scorer.”
Cannady adding, “It makes me more versatile. So when I get to the college level I can go score and distribute.”
Currently holding 12 offers from Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, Ball State, Akron, Toledo, Ohio, Valpo, Indiana State, IUPUI, Cornell, Florida Gulf Coast, and Old Dominion, Michigan is one school that has taken notice of the 6-foot-1, 170-pounder, building a relationship in recent months.
“They’ve been by a few times,” Cannady said. “I talk to Coach Jeff Meyer, I talked to Coach Beilein a little bit and they were out in California and watched me out there.
“I know Coach Meyer talked to my mom and they want me to come up for their camp in June. Basically, that’s where we stand right now.”
With Cannady stating, “I’ll be up there (at camp) for sure,” the question now becomes what would Michigan need to see to offer a scholarship down the line?
At this point though, Cannady isn’t concerned, hoping his play does the talking.
“They haven’t mentioned a scholarship,” Cannady said. “They just want me to get up there for camp.
“And playing on this team I think it can show them I’m more versatile and not just a shooter but more of a point guard and a player they’re looking for.”
Michigan has had significant success at the point guard position in recent years with both Darius Morris and Trey Burke now off in the NBA and soon to be sophomore Derrick Walton Jr. primed to make a jump in year two at Crisler Center.
“Trey Burke and Walton, I know he’ll be like a junior if I end up there but they win and they won the Big Ten this year,” Cannady said. “They win and they play with their point guards really well so I like their style of play.”
Evaluating several different programs and their style of play, Cannady knows exactly what he’s looking for offensively at the next level.
“A lot of ball screens, being able to just play my game and playing with people around me that are good,” he said. “It’s just going to help me if I play with people on that level.”