Report: Devan Dumes commits to Indiana

  • 04/20/2008 12:41 am in

dumes.jpgUpdate: Vincennes press release on Dumes to Indiana

According to our friends over at the Hoosier Scoop, Tom Crean picked up his second commitment in the last 72 hours as Vincennes junior college guard Devan Dumes will use his two remaining years of eligibility in Bloomington.

Dumes played his freshman year at Eastern Michigan before playing this past season for former Louisville guard Everick Sullivan at Vincennes.

In 34 games for the Trailblazers, he averaged 16.9 points, 4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and shot 84 percent from the free throw line.

The 6-2, 180 lb guard is originally from Indianapolis, where he attended Decatur Central. According to his profile on, he was also considering Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio State, Colorado and UTEP.

Here is how Dumes described his game to Brian Snow of

“I’m a combo guard. I can score the ball well and I like to play defense. I am a very passionate defensive player. I am a passionate player all around. I feel like I shoot the three well, play off the pick and roll well, and I have always been someone who likes to take the big shot.”

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  • MPmike

    It has begun. Tom Crean will bring Hoosier Glory back again!!!!!!

  • BTOWN40

    I hope so, but what do we know about this kid? I hope were not just picking up warm bodies to fill the bench up with.
    Will this impact Verdell Jones and Nick Williams signing with us?

  • tberry

    It surprises me that Crean went JUCO for a guard. Does this mean that Bassett is not coming back?

  • BTOWN40

    I would guess that Crean is going to wait to see what Bassett and Ellis grades are going to be, before he decides what their fate is . That is probably one of the stipulations he put on Bassett and Ellis to get them on the right track and to see how bad they want to come back. Why else would it take so long to decide what to do with them.

  • dale11

    According to kravitz in the star this morning crean is waiting to see grades…but then again what does kravitz know?

  • JerryCT

    Along with the rest of you I donnot know what to make of this on a number of levels so I will look at signs related to the bright side:

    – shoots 40% from behind the arc and gets assists
    – from Indiana
    – also was good enough to consider other Div-1 schools
    – Crean wants to win next year already
    – maybe he is more ready to contribute than Jones or Williams

    I too worry however about how much “glue” we have holding our current players together

  • msdiu81

    I think he got a solid player, from Indiana to play for us. We can look at this several ways. If Verdell & Nick sign with us, it will mean Armon & Jamarcus are gone. Could be we got this guy because Jones is leaning to go somewhere else and Crean got a replacement. Could mean he just replaced Holloway. Could mean a lot of things. We'll just have to wait and see. It's going to be fun and interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks. But we got a kid with some college experience, especially D-1 at Eastern MI, knows what IU is all about, hits 84% from the line, and according to one article he is solid in the classroom and off the court. Sounds ok to me.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Anyone catch Ebanks in the Jordan game? Not sure what to think how he could have been here.

  • Kelin Blab

    My take on this………..
    * I have read Nick Williams is down to Arkansas and IU and he loves Crean. Secondly, Nick Williams signing could be a goodbye to Jamarcus Ellis

    * I have read that Verell Jones is considering IU but we are kinda late in the game and Tubby has the upperhand.

    * Getting one JUCO kid isn't bad at all and it helps he is an Indiana kid from an consistant powerhouse Indiana JUCO program. Not to mention if Mata was after him and Arkansas (remember them) he must be a solid prospect

    * This also says, we have a backup plan if Armon and JE don't cut the mustard and Finky doesn't have to start next year.

    *Finally when was the last time a Indiana player said these words…..”I am very passionate about defense…”

    *Also…..our walk on from Carmel just made the Indiana all star team…another Indiana kid wanting to play in Indiana and THAT is what has been missing the past few years. I love it I love it………..

    We can sign 5-star kids all day long but what has worked at Indiana, Purdue, and Butler is …….Indiana Kids know the game and want to play for the FRONT of the jersey not the BACK or the guy on their shoes. It is ok to come for a coach but “It's Indiana”

  • Kelin Blab

    ALso lets call this kid “Deans List Devon”………….strong academics too!

  • MikeinNC

    I think this is a nice insurance policy – quality kid who is defensive minded and plays with heart…I may be reading too much into it, but this may tell us which way the wind is blowing relating to Basset….as far as the “warm bodies” go, I think Crean is a guy who knows he is sending an important signal to the Hoosier nation with his first few personnel moves, so I doubt he is just filling slots.

  • Hoosierlawyer

    Do we know yet if Eli Holman is staying? I am hoping the fact that I just saw him running on campus with a trainer is good news!?!

  • ricbraun

    I am happy we have a decent player to fill a roster spot and hopefully has the talent to play decent minutes right away. but if this is part 1 of a replacement plan for Bassett and Ellis, I can't honestly say I am all that impressed. I understand the need to have glue guys and guys that fill specific roles, but who is going to be our primary scoring option next year if not Bassett? Are we supposed to just assume that Crawford will turn into the player he has the potential to be? Its not a given that that will happen. We need players that care about playing for Indiana, yes, but more important than that, we need GOOD players. And I don't care if some walk-on really cares about playing for IU, I would expect nothing less. that is why he is a walk-on. If he had any ability that would help IU at all, he wouldn't be walking on. That is the case 99% of the time.

    It is nice that we are getting decent players for next year to be competitive, but if Bassett is not on the team next year we don't have a legitimate, consistent scoring option. I am not blaming this on Crean, but it is just something we have to deal with

  • ricbraun

    i didn't see it, but I read on ESPN about the game and could not even find his name in the recap. That doesn't mean he isn't a good player, but I still believe he is not the great one-and-done player everyone here thinks he will be. he would have been a good player for IU for 2 or 3 years that would have caused match up problems, but alas it is not meant to be

  • ricbraun

    And I might be the only person who feels this way, but I don't care about academics as much as I care about winning. As long as the academics meet the minimum requirements, I couldn't care less if the team is winning. And anyone who doesn't feel the same way is either old fashioned or lying

  • Kelin Blab

    ricbraun…academics may not be high on your list but I do believe your “we want Bassett” argument centers around….ACADEMICS. There is a reason Crean hasn't come out and said he is on the team it is waiting for that all important report card!

    Yes winning is important but winning got us in this position we are in….I want to win the right way with the right coach right players doing the RIGHT thing on and off the court…which isn't too much to ask these days.

    Armon would be helpful but how many games is he worth next year???? If we had him great if not I am fine with that too. I do believe Jordan Crawford could be a great big ten player, we saw major potential in him and actual growth during the season …even with minimal coaching from KS.

  • dale11

    I read in the star today his name is spelled Devan, not Devon.

  • JerryCT

    Crean has a 86% graduation rate among black student athletes. i am confident that he will dramatically reduce the risks in the academic lives of the kids. As a result if this is Basset's problem then he will be back.

    I personally believe that Crawford is headed toward becoming a fantastic player, better all around than Gordon, and what we need right now is scoring down low

  • Maybe he's also already heard something that the rest of us haven't about Holman and others, and he'd rather not field a team of walk ons.

  • It's not so much what we as fans think of the kid's game as to whether he's a one-and-done, it's what the kid thinks of himself.

  • Plus, it's much better to build a team rather than have a team of really good players. You can have a star-studded line-up from top to bottom, but if they can't function as one unit, then what's the purpose? To say you have them? Hooray.

  • B_MD

    You had me until the stuff about academics. One thing that has bothered me lately is reading all of the, “this is what we need, Indiana kids that want to play for the front of the jersey, not guys looking to leave right away for the NBA.”

    Listen, it's nice having the Carmel kid on the end of the bench, but if we want to get back to elite status where we're competing year in and year out for championships, then we need the top recruits no matter where they're from. Look at the rosters in the Final Four they're littered with 5-star recruits and McDonald's All-Americans, and those four schools have been consistently at the top of the ranking for the last 8-10 years or longer.

    The Indiana kids we need to come back to IU are the Oden's, Conley's, May's and Zeller's of the world.

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  • hoosierfan27

    Crawford will be a better all around player than Gordon, that's hilarious. look back at that comment in about three years

  • ricbraun

    You would be surprised. Winning the “right way” is actually asking a lot these days. Every program for every sport cuts corners along the way, some just do it worse than others. It is actually not even always the program, boosters can be extremely shady and have a negative influence on young atheltes

    Armon could potentially be the difference between a winning record and a losing record. I do think Crawford will become a good player, but we just can't expect that to be a certainty, especially given how it took his brother 4 years to get it together. asking jordan next year to carry the load is not something we want to do

  • ricbraun

    excellent point

  • whats the word on stephenson, dennis, watford, and van treese? These guys would round out a nice little recruiting class. Then add Bouchie and Eltson….wow now that would be a class.

  • JerryCT

    No need to wait 3 years. Despite playing 70% of Gordon's minutes it might amaze you to know that Crawford had:
    – higher FG %
    – higher 3 pt FG %
    – Higher Reb/game
    – Higher assist/TO ratio
    – Same assists/game

    He also was the guard most often forced more to defend forwards( not counting Ellis). You probably did not check the season stats ……….so , now's the time.

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    I love Crawford and have loved him all year. People on here have been giving him more scrutiny then deserved, he might have turned the ball over a little bit but remember he is a feshman, he may have made many mental lapses but he is a freshman. He had flashes against Minnesota, Michigan State at home, and Kentucky of just exactly how good this guy can be. He can shoot just as well as EJ, Crawford is probably more athletic and a better ball handler. You guys wait until me and Jerry are right about Mr. Jordan Crawford here in a few years he is going to be a stud.

  • WE SIGNED NICK WILLIAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • B_MD

    Add me to the list. I think Crawford showed enough his freshmen year to believe that with the right coaching he can be a top player in the Big Ten for the next few years.

  • Basically, what your stats are showing is that Crawford was a much smarter player than Gordon. Those higher ratios and percentages shows that he was taking open looks, thinking about what he could do, and taking smart, good shots. Too often with Gordon, it just seemed that he was going to shoot it, no matter where on the floor he was standing. This isn't a knock against EJ so much as it is a scathing review of his “coaches”.

  • Anonymous

    The guys over at IUplanet talked to his Vincennes coach. Sounds like a good player and a great pickup!

  • luckyone

    I graduated high school with Devan Dumes and I must say Decatur had its best high school basketball in years with him leading the way. Given we were no state champions, but Dumes put up star player numbers and was on the all state 1st team twice. So if Crean is looking for a good solid backup, hes going down the right path by picking up Dumes. He's quick off the ball, a great shooter, an excellent defender, and definitely plays his heart out. Give this guy a chance, and im sure you wont regret it.

  • luckyone

    I graduated high school with Devan Dumes and I must say Decatur had its best high school basketball in years with him leading the way. Given we were no state champions, but Dumes put up star player numbers and was on the all state 1st team twice. So if Crean is looking for a good solid backup, hes going down the right path by picking up Dumes. He's quick off the ball, a great shooter, an excellent defender, and definitely plays his heart out. Give this guy a chance, and im sure you wont regret it.