#23 Eric Devendorf
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6'4" 175 lbs Guard
HS: Central Hill Bay City, MI
HS: Oak Hill Academy Reston, Virginia
Born: 4/21/1987 Bay City, MI
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
Fr G 35 30 947 157 353 44.5% 64 78 82.1% 50 133 37.6% 82 86 69 17 93 3 81 36 14 428 12.2 2.3 2.5
2006-07
So G 35 22 1081 172 417 41.2% 119 150 79.3% 54 153 35.3% 145 94 79 15 93 1 109 43 11 517 14.8 4.1 2.7
2007-08
Jr G 10 10 342 61 131 46.6% 26 35 74.3% 22 54 40.7% 39 26 16 10 29 2 34 17 4 170 17.0 3.9 2.6
2008-09 Sr G 36 28 1220 193 435 44.4% 97 122 79.5% 82 210 39.0% 108 71 57 14 85 2 107 38 12 565 15.7 3.0 2.0
Career    
116
90
3590
583
1336
43.6%
306
385
79.5%
208
550
37.8%
374
277
221
56
300
8
331
134
41
1680
14.5
3.2
2.4

Eric Devendorf was a spirited guard who could drive to the hoop, or pull up for a perimeter shoot. 'Devo' was a right handed player who had an excellent move to his left. He was an excellent free throw shooter, and a decent perimeter shooter, though his shot had an unusual sideways spin to it. He was rather indifferent on playing defense, and not a strong rebounder. Devo was renowned for his trash talking and taunting while on the court, making him one of the least liked players for opposing fans.

Devendorf played for Oak Hill Academy in Virginia for his senior year of high school, following in the steps of previous Syracuse players Carmelo Anthony, Billy Edelin and Dayshawn Wright.

'Devo' started his freshman year as a key reserve, but by the sixth game of the season, he had earned a starting role as the shooting guard. His ability to penetrate into the lane and drive to the hoop, particularly to his left, made him a valuable asset to have on the court in an effort to draw attention away from senior star Gerry McNamara. The heavily tattooed Devendorf had a fiery temper and was constantly trash talking with the opposition. His freshman year was peppered with great offensive plays, then silly freshman mental mistakes, and sloppy turnovers that often earned him some time on the bench with Coach Boeheim. He struggled to adjust playing defense at the college level. Nevertheless, he was a valuable contributor to the team, and was third in scoring by season's end, becoming only the seventh Syracuse freshman to score 400+ points. He was named to the Big East All Rookie team.

Devendorf started his sophomore year as the starting shooting guard.He had some solid games, and then came down with a stomach virus. Shortly after, a death of a close friend back home in Michigan distracted him, and he found himself a the sixth man on the bench. Coach Boeheim liked the spark Devo was giving to the team off the bench, so he left Andy Rautins as the starter. Devo was rotating between both the point guard and shooting guard positions. He was still sloppy with careless turnovers, but he was also aggressive on offense, and made things work better. After a three game losing streak, Boeheim reinserted Devendorf back into the starting lineup. A few games later, Josh Wright would be ill, and Devo would become the starting point guard, with Rautins as the shooting guard (again). The team clicked well with this combination (though in reality this combination had been playing together for a while, just not starting), and would remain the backcourt combo for the remainder of the year.

Devendorf showed he wanted to be the player to take the key shots, and he had several big games. He had 27 points to spark a win over DePaul, and 11 assists in a huge win over nationally ranked Georgetown. In the last game of the regular season, Devo had 33 points against Villanova. In the first round of the NIT tournament, Devendorf carried the bulk of the scoring for the Orange in the first half, keeping the team in the game. In the second half, the rest of the team rallied, and the Orange would win easily down the stretch 79-73, as Devo would end up with 34 points. Devo would be named Big East Honorable mention following the season.

Devendorf would be the only returning starter for his junior season. Classmate Andy Rautins injured his knee during the summer, and the other starters graduated. Devo provided experience and leadership on a team full of talented but young players. He was second on the team in scoring, when he would tear the ACL in his left knee against Middle Tennessee State, the same type of injury Rautins suffered earlier that year. He would miss the rest of the 2007-08 season.

Devendorf would recuperate well in the off season, along with Rautins, and they both were ready to start the 2008-09 season. Devendorf's drives to the hoop were tentative early in the season, but within a few weeks he was up to form. He would have an altercation with a female student in December which would eventually end up in his suspension for a couple of games. Rautins would also start playing very well at that point, so when Devo returned, he was the sixth man. A few games later, Rautins would injure his foot, and Devo would reclaim his starting position for the remainder of the season.

Devendorf would have some big moments in the season, but none appeared bigger than in the Syracuse/Connecticut game in the Big East Tournament. UConn tied the game up with 1.1 seconds remaining. Paul Harris would inbound the ball 3/4 of the floor, and the ball was tipped. Devendorf grabbed the ball and put up a three point shot as time expired winning the game for the Orange. However, instant replays showed that the ball was still barely on Devendorf's finger tips as time expired, and the basket was thereby nullified. Six overtimes later the Orange would win. The very next night, Devendorf would make a half court shot against West Virginia as the first half of the game expired.

Devendorf would forego his senior season, declaring early for the NBA draft after his junior season. He would go undrafted in the NBA draft.

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