Confident slasher on UNC radar

Eric Devendorf has already made plenty of recruiting headlines. From his early commitment to Michigan State, to his de-commitment from them, and then more recently with his outstanding performances at the Kingwood Classic in Texas and the Spiece event in Indiana.

Devendorf put up 26 and 24 points with the Michigan Hurricanes before being ousted in Fort Wayne.

"I feel like we did pretty well as a team at the Spiece tournament," he said. "We lost to Julian Wright's team in the Elite Eight, but overall, as a team, I felt we did pretty good. And individually I did pretty well too."

Most of the recruiting chatter about 6-3 slasher from Bay City (Mich.) Central has been about his ability to score (he averagd 30.6 points and 3.7 assists his junior season). And the quick junior knows the strength of his game is his offensive bag of tricks.

"I really like to go to the basket," he said. "I love breaking my man down off the dribble and I'll pull up and shoot off the bounce too. I just really like to get to the basket, but I can shoot the long range jump shot as well."

Some college coaches have made the comparison to a shorter Bobby Sura. While others say that the kid has a style all to his own. "The kid is nasty," said a high major assistant coach. "He's got confidence. Lots of it.

"Sometimes he'll take the shot that looks good instead of the easy way to score, though. He's a highlight type of kid. The fans would like his game. Plays in spurts, but he can be a go-to guy, especially since he can shoot and slash real well. Great athlete who can finish with dunks or pull up really quickly and hit the jumper. We'll watch him this summer. He's a scorer."

Recruiting analyst Eric Bossi adds more analysis.

"He's an explosive wing who gets to the rim, buries perimeter jump shots and plays with some serious stank." North Carolina, looking for more of this perimeter "stank" that Bossi refers to from the 2005 class, have been in contact.

"I get mail from UNC every week," Devendorf said. "I talked to Coach Williams and they came and watched me play in Houston. He said that he liked what he saw and that they'd be recruiting me this summer. I feel that they're recruiting me pretty hard."

"I'm pretty open still right now, though," he continued. "I'm planning on visiting Florida the weekend of the 22nd. I'm real good friends with Anthony Roberson down there. I also have a visit planned to see Syracuse on June 12th. And then when I go down to the TOC, I'll visit Carolina and NC State, of course."

Devendorf will be with the Michigan Hurricanes at the Tournament of Champions during Memorial Day weekend in the Triangle.


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