ITH Super Happy Fun Time Player Profile: Devan Dumes

  • 10/15/2009 12:00 pm in

dumes031909Hoosier Hysteria is on the horizon and it’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2009-2010 Indiana Hoosiers. We wrap up the player profiles today with Devan Dumes.

Devan Dumes led Indiana in several statistical categories a season ago: total points (344), points per game (12.7), 3-pointers made (59) and indefinite suspensions (1). Here’s a brief synopsis of his 2008-2009 season: he was Tom Crean’s most reliable option on offense and for a period in February, he was Crean’s biggest headache following an ejection for throwing elbows against Michigan State.

Dumes was at his best offensively in late January and early February when he averaged 19.6 points during a five-game stretch that included IU’s one conference win over Iowa. Unfortunately, his season-high 27 points against Iowa was preceded by an elbow to Goran Suton’s groin and an indefinite suspension that lasted two games. He apologized shortly after the incident, but struggled mightily in three of the final four Big Ten games, suffered a knee injury in the regular season finale and had surgery on his finger over the summer.

His role in 2009-2010 will be far different than a year ago: available shots and minutes won’t be as plentiful. He could find himself as a reserve because of Indiana’s added backcourt depth. Coming off the bench could actually be a positive for Dumes and for IU because his ability to provide instant offense and energy may be better utilized as a sub.

Bottom Line: The lone senior expected to contribute on the court (sorry Tijan!), Dumes has an opportunity to step up and seize a leadership role. In his press conference a week ago, Tom Crean commented that “nobody that just grabs the team and says this is what we’re doing everyday.” Dumes should benefit from IU’s improved personnel on offense, specifically Jeremiah Rivers and Jordan Hulls, who both make it a point to find open shooters.

Quotable: “Devan (Dumes) missed some valuable time this summer because of his injury, because of his surgery, and that has probably put a few things back. He is shooting the ball extremely well, but he has still got a ways to go in developing that driving game again and that ball handling.” – Crean on Dumes.

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  • iumarine

    I have never been a Dumes fan since his behavior in the Northwestern game. I would not have been disappointed if he would have been dismissed for the year at that point. Then he followed it up with his actions during the Michigan St game.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • JerryCT

    I can agree about his behaviour but he probably is our best player and will not be coming off the bench at the beginning of games. Hopefully with JR we are not going late into the clock and then panicking for a shot . As such Dumes should have a great year:

    1. He has been around the B10 block , freshmen have no idea what they are in for
    2. Very pesky on defense, freshmen have alot to learn here
    3. Shoots well enough and will be better with less pressure
    4. Can run the floor and drive
    5. Most tenacious player on the team

  • GFDave

    I hope two things lead to Dumes not having the behavioral issues this year. First, he's had a year to mature and be coached. Two, the season will be a much less frustrating experience as we should win more games.

    Given that we mostly expect that his minutes will be somewhat diminished, I hope Devan can become a glue kind of guy. Somebody you can rely on consistently for a 12 point, 4 assist 2 board type of game.

  • JerryCT

    Good point. I think less minutes means more effective results from Dumes as he plays with less fatigue.

    Like everyone else I wish we had the players to warrant bringing him in off the bench …………… but we don't .

    Despite our talented freshmen until I see college game-based evidence , to put any other guard , especially a freshman , in his spot I am sticking with Dumes and ignoring the hopes and hype we have placed on the untested ones.

  • stevealford

    Maybe Dumes can keep Creek's seat warm for him. Dumes is uncontrollable. I would rather Creek and Roth use up all the shooting guard minutes.

  • msdiu81

    Count me in as one who hopes Dumes rides pine for most of the season once the freshmen get their feet wet. Dumes is a player I and I believe many other IU fans would boo if he was on the opposing team.