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Eric Devendorf

Eric Devendorf
Free agent
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
Personal information
Born (1987-04-21) 21 April 1987
Bay City, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
College Syracuse (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 Reno Bighorns
2010 Waikato Pistons
2010 Wellington Saints
2010–2011 Melbourne Tigers
2011 Selçuk Üniversitesi
2011–2012 Idaho Stampede
2012 Reno Bighorns
2012–2013 Dnipro-Azot
2013 Hapoel Afula
2014 Ilysiakos
2014 Super City Rangers
Career highlights and awards

Eric Michael Devendorf (born April 21, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Super City Rangers of the New Zealand National Basketball League (NBL). He played college basketball for Syracuse University.

College career


Devendorf was named to the Big East Tournament to send Syracuse to the Big East Championship.[1][2]


Devendorf was named MVP of the BCA Invitational after averaging 16.0 points a game during the three contests. During the regular season, Devendorf had strong showings against Marquette (20 points), St. Johns (23), DePaul (27) and Villanova (33). The sophomore saved his best showing for the postseason, scoring a career high 34 points against South Alabama in the National Invitation Tournament. Devendorf finished the season averaging 14.8 points and 4.1 assists as a sophomore and was an Honorable Mention All-Big East selection.[2]


Devendorf was leading Syracuse in scoring 10 games into his junior season averaging 17.0 points and 3.9 assists per game. However, he would be sidelined the rest of the season after tearing his ACL against East Tennessee State.[3][4] Devendorf was granted a hardship waiver during the 2007–08 season after missing 25 games,[5] which meant that for the 2008–09 season, although classified as a senior academically, he would remain a junior in athletic eligibility.[6]


Devendorf returned to the Syracuse lineup with a 14-point effort against Le Moyne and 22 points against Oakland.[7][8] However, on December 11, 2008, Devendorf was suspended indefinitely, pending appeal, from Syracuse University.[9][10] The suspension was the result of a university judicial board hearing stemming from an incident involving Devendorf and a female student. Devendorf was accused of striking the female student in the face during an altercation in the early morning hours of November 1. The board found that Devendorf had violated three out of the five student codes he was accused of. Furthermore, Devendorf was already on disciplinary probation as the result of harming a student during the spring 2008 semester.[9] The university judicial board recommended he be suspended for the remainder of the academic year, which his coach Jim Boeheim thought was too severe.[11] Devendorf, as expected,[10] appealed.[12]

The Appeals board rendered its decision effective on December 19, 2008, upon which Devendorf was suspended. Upon his completion of 40 hours of community service, he would be allowed to rejoin the university and the basketball team.[5] After completing his 40 hours of community service, Devendorf was reinstated by the University on December 27.[13][14]

In April 2009, Devendorf declared himself eligible for the NBA draft with one year of NCAA eligibility remaining, foregoing his senior season.[15][16]

Professional career

2009–10 season

Devendorf went undrafted in the 2009 NBA draft. On December 26, 2009, he was acquired by the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.[17] He made his debut the same day, scoring just 2 points in 14 minutes of action, as the Bighorns defeated the Tulsa 66ers 102-87.[18] On January 4, 2010, he was waived by the Bighorns.[19]

On February 9, 2010, Devendorf signed with the Waikato Pistons for the 2010 New Zealand NBL season.[20] He scored 49 points in the season opener.[21]

On April 12, 2010, Devendorf was released by the Pistons following a bar conflict involving Hawks' imports Josh Pace and Jamil Terrell.[22] The next day, he signed with the Wellington Saints for the rest of the season.[23] The Saints went on to win the 2010 championship.

2010–11 season

In May 2010, Devendorf signed with the Melbourne Tigers for the 2010–11 NBL season.[24] On February 2, 2011, Devendorf was released by the Tigers.[25][26] In 18 games for the Tigers, he averaged 14.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.[27]

Later that month, he signed with Torku Selcuk Universitesi of Turkey for the rest of the season.[28] He scored 22 points in his first game.[29]

2011–12 season

On November 3, 2011, Devendorf was selected by the Idaho Stampede in the 4th round of the 2011 NBA D-League draft. On January 5, 2012, he was waived by the Stampede. On January 20, 2012, he was re-acquired by the Stampede.[30] Four days later, he was traded to the Reno Bighorns.[31]

2012–13 season

In August 2012, Devendorf signed with Dnipro-Azot of the Ukraine for the 2012–13 season.[32]

2013–14 season

In August 2013, Devendorf signed with Hapoel Afula of Israel for the 2013–14 season.[33] In November 2013, he left Hapoel after just 6 games.

On February 24, 2014, he signed with Ilysiakos of Greece for the rest of the season.[34] He left after just 2 games.

On March 12, 2014, he signed with the Super City Rangers for the 2014 New Zealand NBL season.[35][36] On April 25, 2014, he was released by the Rangers due to a back injury, and was replaced by Jason Cadee.[37][38] In five games for the Rangers, he averaged 20.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game.[39]

2014–15 season

In August 2014, Devendorf signed with Proger BLS Chieti of the Serie A2 Silver Basket.[40] However, his contract was later voided by the club after he failed medical tests.[41]

In January 2015, Devendorf signed with Gaiteros del Zulia of the Venezuelan League,[42] but was released the following month before appearing in any games for them.[43]

2015–16 season

On August 24, 2015, Devendorf joined the Wellington Saints Invitational team for a three-day mini camp before travelling to Taiwan to play in the 2015 William Jones Cup.[44] In the Saints' first game of the tournament against Chinese Taipei B on August 29, Devendorf recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds in a 102–85 win.[45]


Devendorf is the son of Curt and Cindy Devendorf, and has two sisters, Jill and Anna.[46]


  1. ^ McNamara directs 'Cuse into Big East final
  2. ^ a b Eric Devendorf - 2008 Men's Basketball
  3. ^ SU wins big, but fears loss of Devendorf
  4. ^ Orange guard Devendorf to miss rest of season with ACL tear
  5. ^ a b Devendorf ordered to complete community service
  6. ^ Big East gives Syracuse G Devendorf another year after injury
  7. ^ Syracuse 85, Le Moyne 51
  8. ^ Syracuse uses second-half spurt to stop Richmond
  9. ^ a b
  10. ^ a b
  11. ^ Boeheim disagrees with Syracuse's season ban of G Devendorf
  12. ^ Devendorf to appeal suspension
  13. ^
  14. ^ Devendorf expected to return for Syracuse
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^ Bighorns Acquire Syracuse Star Devendorf
  18. ^ Eric Devendorf makes professional debut in NBA D-League
  19. ^ 09-10 Transactions
  20. ^
  21. ^ Eric Devendorf scores 49 points for New Zealand's Waikato Pistons
  22. ^
  23. ^
  24. ^ Tigers add three
  25. ^ Tigers sack coach Westover
  26. ^ Eric Devendorf released by Melbourne Tigers of NBL Australia
  27. ^ Player statistics for Eric Devendorf
  28. ^ Bay City's Eric Devendorf joining Turkey Basketball League
  29. ^ Eric Devendorf scores 22 points in Turkey Basketball League debut
  30. ^ Stampede Re-Acquire Devendorf, Galloway
  31. ^ Bighorns Acquire Devendorf from Stampede
  32. ^ Eric Devendorf resumes basketball travels after signing with Ukraine Super League squad
  33. ^ Former Syracuse guard Eric Devendorf signs with an Israeli team
  34. ^ Ilysiakos sign Eric Devendorf
  35. ^ Devendorf Returns To New Zealand
  36. ^ Rangers score Devendorf
  37. ^
  38. ^ Rangers Sign Cadee
  39. ^ Player statistics for Eric Devendorf
  40. ^ Eric Devendorf coming back to Bay City before joining new team in Italian League
  41. ^ Eric Devendorf will not play with Chieti
  42. ^ Gaiteros del Zulia completó su importación (Spanish)
  43. ^ Gaiteros del Zulia a reorganizarse (Spanish)
  44. ^
  45. ^
  46. ^ FAVORITE SON: Bay City hoop hero's family in all its glory on game night

External links

  • Syracuse bio
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