Weaver Played Big Role In Signing Of Devendorf

While he may have departed Syracuse recently for NBA pastures, Troy Weaver played a pivotal role in helping the Orange land 6-3 combo guard Eric Devendorf of Bay City, Mich.<br><br>

So when Devendorf learned of Weaver's departure to the Utah Jazz, he was initially alarmed. "He was recruiting me at Syracuse," Devendorf said from the Reebok ABCD Camp. "He is good friends with my AAU coaches."

"I didn't know Troy was leaving at first, and then one of my AAU coaches [Will Smith] told me he was leaving," he continued. "But then he told me that they were hiring Rob Murphy, who used to be with the Hurricanes and is from Detroit."

That seemed to smooth things over for Devendorf, who on Thursday selected Syracuse over Michigan State and Florida.

"I felt that Syracuse was the best fit for me as a player," he said after scoring 11 points in the Clippers' 77-68 victory over the Magic on Friday night. "Coach Boeheim lets you learn from your mistakes -- he doesn't get in your face and he's a great teacher obviously, or else he wouldn't be winning national championships."

He said that Florida's recent addition of several perimeter prospects didn't affect his outlook on the Gator program.

"The chance for playing time still would have been there," Devendorf opined. "It just came down to being more comfortable with the coaches and players at Syracuse."

While Devendorf won't have the chance to play for Weaver at Syracuse, he has been playing for him this week at ABCD. Weaver and St. Benedict's Prep Head Coach Danny Hurley have been sharing the coaching duties this week for the Clippers.

In four games, Devendorf has averaged 13 points and 2.5 assists per game. He's shooting a robust 50 percent (4/8 FGs) beyond the arc.

More of a scorer than a point guard, Devendorf has a lot of flavor to his game. He's a nifty ball handler and clever passer who possesses good athleticism. When his long distance shot is falling, he can rack up points in a hurry.

After playing his senior year at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, the Bay City, Mich., native is looking forward to getting a chance to play alongside Gerry McNamara in the Cuse backcourt.

"Me and McNamara will be able to play off each other," he predicted. "He can play the one or two, and so can I."


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