Dumes signs Letter of Intent with Indiana

  • 04/22/2008 9:31 pm in

dumes.jpgIn front of a large gathering of his friends and family on Tuesday night at the Wheeler-Dowe Boys and Girls club in Indianapolis, Devan Dumes signed his National Letter of Intent with Indiana.

“It was a beautiful night really. It was a blessing from the Lord. I had a lot of support,” Dumes told Inside the Hall. “I had a whole lot of fun with my family and friends.”

Dumes, who also considered Ohio State, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado and UTEP, said things moved quickly once Tom Crean took over the Indiana program.

“Once Coach Crean took over, they got in touch with me. We had conversations, got them some film and it went from there.”

Dumes had set up visits with the other schools he was considering, but decided to stay close to home and ultimately, his relationship with Crean was a big factor in his decision to come to Bloomington.

“It’s not too far from home and Coach Crean is an awesome person,” Dumes said. “It was really Coach Crean that sold it to me.”

Another big selling point for Dumes was the opportunity to play in front of friends and family that under normal circumstances wouldn’t have had a chance to see him play.

“For the next two years, I’m really excited because a lot of them (friends and family) don’t get to see me play because of travel expenses.”

As far as what you can expect out of Dumes the next two seasons in Bloomington, the Decatur Central product should bring versatility to the Indiana backcourt.

“I’m an all around player. I love to play defense, shoot the three and I’m a strong guard.”

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  • SoFreshandSoCreanCrean

    I'm glad that it's official now. Everick Sullivan and Tom Crean both seem very excited about the kid, and I am too.

  • JerryCT

    His 3pt record at JUCO would be the record at IU too. Can't wait to see him play Div-I.

    Some things I donot understand about shcolarship offers:

    1 Can you offer more than you have available and then its first come first serve ?

    2. Are they offered by position I assume ?

    So, can we offer Sutton and Harrelson and see which jumps first ?

  • B_MD

    Jerry,

    Yes you can offer more than you have. A coach can tell a recruit that he is offering him a scholarship, but that he's interested or offering other players as well and that the offer might not be available if he waits too long. Sometimes it true, sometimes it's used as a tool to make the kid speed up his process.

    On your other question, no, scholarships aren't technically broken out by position it's up to each coach to gauge where help is needed and what players he needs. Theoretically a coach could sign 12 point guards if he wanted to.

  • We are going to be alright next year. I guess it just got to the point where it couldn't get any worse. I hope we can build a good stable of underclassmen throughout the next few years. This year with EJ was fun in a lot of ways, but it is not going to win a national championship. Looking back on our past champs we had pretty well rounded teams with some depth. It looks like Crean is taking that route…..thank god.

  • ITS DUMES DAY!

    Kind of corny, but couldn't help it.

  • JerryCT

    I thought so but was not sure. So we could have 3 to 4 big man offers outstanding at this point

  • B_MD

    Yes, Crean can offer both Harrellson and Sutton tell them they have other offers out and it's first come first serve.

  • JerryCT

    Corny? Not at all.

    Dumes sounds so likeable that I sense we have a developing “fan favorite” to replace DJ. Maybe some of this can rub off on others especially Crawford…..he needs more love from us.

  • B_MD

    Depth is definitely a big part of returning to glory. Look at Kansas, they had 6-10 kids with talent coming off the bench. Programs like Kansas, UCLA and UNC have McDonald All-Americans on their bench, we have Taber and DeAndre Thomas.

    Looking at recent champions it seems that the key is recruiting the top talent (obvious), but hoping you get the top talent that for whatever reason decides to stay for 3 years. UNC with May, McCants and Felton. Kansas with Rush, Arthur and Chalmers. Even UConn recently with Okafor and Gordon.

    All of those guys were big-time recruits but for whatever reason stayed 3-4 years.

  • bpark83

    I'm glad to finally see some stability in the HOOSIER NATION!!! i've been out of the country the last week in a half, they werent showing much indiana basketball in the dominican republic…whats the latest on bassett and ellis?

  • dale11

    Sounds like they are waiting til the end of the grading period to make a decision.

  • Indeed it does and with Williams and Dumes now on board, both Ellis and Bassett will need a solid academic showing in order to be welcomed back.

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  • Kelin Blab

    Does anyone find it interesting that Devin Ebanks hasn't committed. I thought the committment of Tyreke Evans would have swayed him but for SOME reason he seems to be waiting…..not saying it is IU…but it is something

  • Kelin,

    He hasn't visited Memphis yet. He's also has visits lined up with Texas (this weekend) and Rutgers as well.

  • I'm not stealing someone avatar am I?

  • BTOWN40

    no, but that looks disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BTOWN40

    http://indiana.scout.com/2/749119.html
    Not related to this topic, but thought it might shed some light on IU's academic situation for the basketball team and what would happen if Bassett and Ellis were both declared ineligible and decided to leave the program, IU wouldn't be allowed to use their scholarships next season…

  • BTOWN40

    that's better

  • BTOWN40

    http://indiana.scout.com/2/749119.html
    Not related to this topic, but thought it might shed some light on IU's academic situation for the basketball team and what would happen if Bassett and Ellis were both declared ineligible and decided to leave the program, IU wouldn't be allowed to use their scholarships next season…

  • BTOWN40

    that's better