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Eric Michael Devendorf (born April 21, 1987) is an American former professional basketball player. Devendorf played at Syracuse from 2005 to 2009. He averaged 15.7 points per game in his final season at Syracuse. He ranks 14th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,680 points. Despite having one more year of eligibility remaining, Devendorf decided to leave Syracuse and embark on a pro career. He spent the next seven years playing professionally in the NBA D-League and in foreign countries such as Ukraine, Israel, Greece and New Zealand. In October 2016, he returned to Syracuse after being appointed to head coach Jim Boeheim's staff as assistant strength coach.

Eric Devendorf
Eric Devendorf.jpg
Detroit Mercy
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueHorizon League
Personal information
Born (1987-04-21) 21 April 1987 (age 32)
Bay City, Michigan
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolOak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
CollegeSyracuse (2005–2009)
NBA draft2009 / Undrafted
Playing career2009–2016
PositionShooting guard / Point guard
Career history
As player:
2009–2010Reno Bighorns
2010Waikato Pistons
2010Wellington Saints
2010–2011Melbourne Tigers
2011Selçuk Üniversitesi
2011–2012Idaho Stampede
2012Reno Bighorns
2013Hapoel Afula
2014Super City Rangers
2016Super City Rangers
As coach:
2016–2018Syracuse (asst. strength coach)
2018–presentDetroit Mercy (special asst.)
Career highlights and awards

College careerEdit


Devendorf was named to the Big East All-Rookie team his freshman year after averaging 12.1 points and 2.3 assists per game. Devendorf joined the starting lineup six games into the season, and hit a key layup against Georgetown in 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 careerEdit

2009–10 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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

2013–14 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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]

On February 16, 2016, Devendorf signed with the Super City Rangers for the 2016 New Zealand NBL season, returning to the club for a second stint.[46]

Post-playing careerEdit

In October 2016, Devendorf was named the assistant strength coach for Syracuse's men's basketball team, returning to his college program that he left in 2009 and effectively ending his seven-year professional playing career.[47] In September 2018, Devendorf accepted a job at the University of Detroit Mercy to work on the staff of the school's first-year coach Mike Davis, joining as a special assistant to the head coach.[48]


Devendorf is the son of Curt and Cindy Devendorf, and has two sisters, Jill and Anna.[49] Devendorf has one daughter and is now the personal coach to two middle school brothers, sons of a prestigious local couple.


  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 Cole, Nancy (December 11, 2008). "Devendorf suspended from Syracuse University; board says he didn't take past probation seriously". Retrieved December 11, 2008.
  10. ^ a b "Syracuse board sanctions Devendorf for alleged assault". December 11, 2008. Retrieved December 11, 2008.
  11. ^ Boeheim disagrees with Syracuse's season ban of G Devendorf
  12. ^ Devendorf to appeal suspension
  13. ^ O'Hara, Jim (December 19, 2008). "Suspension of SU's Eric Devendorf upheld, penalty changed". Retrieved December 19, 2008.
  14. ^ Devendorf expected to return for Syracuse
  15. ^ Zagoria, Adam (April 9, 2009). "Syracuse trio declares for draft". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  16. ^ "Three more declare for NBA Draft". April 12, 2009. Retrieved April 12, 2009.
  17. ^ Bighorns Acquire Syracuse Star Devendorf
  18. ^ Eric Devendorf makes professional debut in NBA D-League
  19. ^ 09-10 Transactions Archived December 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Anderson, Ian (February 9, 2010). "Waikato Pistons sign troublesome talent". Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  21. ^ Eric Devendorf scores 49 points for New Zealand's Waikato Pistons
  22. ^ Anderson, Ian (April 12, 2010). "Eric Devendorf dumped by Waikato Pistons". Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  23. ^ "Wellington Saints snap up discarded Devendorf". April 13, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  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. ^ McAuliffe, Hugh (April 26, 2014). "Rangers sign Jason Cadee". Sports I.T. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  38. ^ Rangers Sign Cadee Archived 2014-04-26 at the Wayback Machine
  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 (in Spanish)
  43. ^ Gaiteros del Zulia a reorganizarse (in Spanish)
  44. ^ Hyslop, Liam (August 24, 2015). "Wellington Saints bring in the heavy artillery for Asian tour". Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  45. ^ "籃球比賽記錄表". 2015 William Jones Cup. August 29, 2015. Archived from the original on August 31, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  46. ^ Supercity Rangers Lock In Imports Archived 2016-02-24 at the Wayback Machine
  47. ^ Eric Devendorf joins Syracuse basketball staff as assistant strength coach
  48. ^ Syracuse basketball staffer Eric Devendorf takes job at University of Detroit Mercy
  49. ^ FAVORITE SON: Bay City hoop hero's family in all its glory on game night

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