Dumes “living a dream”


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Devan Dumes celebrated signing his letter of intent to play at Indiana Tuesday night at the Wheeler Boys and Girls Club in Indianapolis.

He told the crowd of roughly 150 friends and family that he didn’t expect that his journey to find a basketball destination that fit him better than Eastern Michigan could work out as well as it has.

“I really don’t have a lot to say,” he said. “I’m living a dream.”

Dave Oberle, the high school coach at Decatur Central where Dumes averaged 24.4 points his senior year, said his former star is the kind of high-character player who’ll help coach Tom Crean rebuild Indiana’s program on and off the court.

“He’s a man who’s got a plan,” Oberle said. “He’s had a plan and he stuck with it and made himself into a very good basketball player, a player who plays with a lot of heart.”

The plan that Oberle was referring to was one in which Dumes decided after his freshman year at Eastern Michigan to leave. He’d had a good first season, averaging 8.1 points in 18 minutes of play, but decided the school wasn’t a good fit for him.

Dumes said after Tuesday’s ceremony that what he was looking for this time was a coach who was a good teacher and a people person, and “a place where they love basketball.”

To find that place, Dumes decided to play for a year at Vincennes, a junior college, to try to attract the attention of other college coaches. Dumes had good grades at Eastern Michigan and academics were not a factor in his decision to transfer to Vincennes.

“Grades were never an issue,” Oberle said. “They won’t be an issue at IU.

“His desire, his competitive spirit was what made him rise to the top for us. He does not like to lose. Indiana will be Devan’s last stay and he’ll work really hard at it.”

DEVAN OR DEVON? There’s been some confusion this week about the spelling of Dumes’ first name. The reason for that, according to his mother Alison Evans, is that his birth certificate says Devan, but he’s always gone by Devon. He recently decided, though, that his name really should be what’s written on his birth certificate, so he has switched to Devan.

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13 comments:

  • Bill #1


    Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 12:43 AM EDT

    This is great. I’m glad Devan finally made the big time.

  • Nate #2


    Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 11:27 AM EDT

    A guard who has a brain. That will be nice for a change. Maybe the 30 foot three pointers with 25 seconds left on the shot clock will become a thing of the past.

  • HiggiStardust #3


    Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 12:34 PM EDT

    I hope he can play point guard…IU is now stacked at shooting guard!

  • ronb #4


    Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 1:24 PM EDT

    VZW What are you talking about??

  • Nate #5


    Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 2:16 PM EDT

    VZW:

    As long as he comes to practice, follows the rules, and doesn’t shoot any 30 foot three pointers, he can stay.

    God I hate those 30 foot three pointers.

  • Nate #6


    Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 3:02 PM EDT

    What happened to the stupid comment from VZW? I guess it was so lame it got removed.

  • Doug #7


    Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 4:21 PM EDT

    Nate, I removed that. If VZW wants to make his or her point in a reasonable way, fine, but that comment was just to stir up trouble.

  • Nate #8


    Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 4:44 PM EDT

    Nice! Great idea! Have you ever seen how out of hand things get on FoxSports website? Keep up the good work.

  • Ali Jacks #9


    Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 5:20 PM EDT

    I’ve seen Devan play down through the years and he’s a well rounded player. I think of him as a ‘floor general’ and IU will be glad God has smiled on their team this year.

  • Steve O #10


    Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 9:56 AM EDT

    Anyone read the article on scout.com this morning?? Apparently if Bassett and Ellis don’t return to the team, and would have been academicaly ineligable, we lose both of those scholarships next year… What a freakin mess!! Thanks Kelvin, you f****** a** h***!!!

  • Larry #11


    Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 12:28 PM EDT

    dont nobody kno his name its debo cuz he’s a beast

  • Bob #12


    Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 6:56 PM EDT

    could someone please send all these guys some instructions on how too wear a baseball cap…they must have lost them..!!

  • Kerri #13


    Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 9:57 AM EDT

    Devan is a good student, good basketball player and good person in general! Some people need to do research on a person before they leave comments! He has been on the Dean’s list academically both years of college and it will be nice for someone to place basketball that also has the book smarts! By the way, Devan can make 3 pointers from 90 foot away if he has too.

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