Dumes makes it official; Crean comments

Devan Dumes, the junior college guard out of Vincennes University and Decatur Central in Indy, has faxed his letter of intent to Indiana.

That means head coach Tom Crean can now talk about the fourth member of his 2008 recruiting class.

He does so in the press release I’ve pasted below.

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DEVAN DUMES SIGNS NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT TO ATTEND INDIANA

Bloomington, Indiana < Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean
has announced that Devan Dumes, a 6-2, 195-pound guard from Vincennes
University has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend IU and play
basketball for the Hoosiers beginning next fall.   The Indianapolis native
and Decatur Central High School product began his collegiate career at
Eastern Michigan in 2006-07.

“Devan is a player that I got to see first hand when he played at Eastern
Michigan as a freshman,” said Crean.  “He had 16 points against us and made
quite an impression on our staff.  You could tell that he worked extremely
hard on improving his game this season and Coach Everick Sullivan and his
staff at Vincennes deserve a lot of credit for elevating his play.”

Dumes chose Indiana over Ohio State, South Alabama and UTEP.

“We are equally as thrilled to get a kid from the state of Indiana,” added
Crean.   “He really tore it up at the end of the season and I liked the way
he helped lead his team to the national tournament.”

Dumes, who played for Coach Everick Sullivan at VU, averaged a team-best
16.9 points, set a school record with 109 three-pointers and finished second
on the team in assists with 137 and steals with 43.   He led the
Trailblazers to a 28-6 record and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament
in Hutchinson, Kansas.  In addition, he made three or more three-pointers in
25 of 33 games.

As a freshman at Eastern Michigan, he averaged 8.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.6
assists and 1.0 steals for the Eagles. He shot 33.8% from three-point land
and had a season-high 19 points against Ohio.  In addition to his 16-point
output against Marquette, he had 14 points against Michigan and averaged 14
points per game in the last four contests of the season.

He is a 2006 graduate of Decatur Central High School where he played for
Coach Dave Oberle.  A four-year letterman, he scored 1,306 career points and
was a three-time All-Marian County and Mid-State Conference choice. As a
senior, he averaged 24.4 points a game to lead the conference in scoring,
making 63-of-177 three-point shots for 35.6 percent and chipped in 5.8
rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.4 steals.  Selected as one of the Top 40 Indiana
High School Seniors by Hoosier Basketball Magazine and was an honorable
mention All-State selection by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association
(IBCA). He was an All-Region pick who was nominated for the McDonald’s
All-American team and selected for the North-South All-Star Game.

As a junior, he also was named first-team All-Mid-States League
All-Scholastic after averaging 18.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists and
was named to The Indianapolis Star’s Super Top 40 Team.