Dumes Turns Down Buckeyes

By Chris Lauderback on April 20, 2008 at 7:12 pm
Simmons would provide PG depth

Instead of taking his rumored visit to Ohio State this weekend, 6'2" juco guard Devan Dumes verbally committed to Indiana yesterday.

I've yet to hear exactly how the scenario played out but one can hardly blame a juco player for choosing a school with a roster that guarantees more playing time.

With the loss of Eric Gordon to the NBA and Armon Bassett still technically off the team, Dumes projects to see big time minutes by default in Bloomington as opposed to battling for PT in Columbus against Turner, Lighty, Wil Buford, Walter Offutt, Anthony Crater and the Predator.

If previous reports are correct, Matta will now turn his attention to juco Jeremie Simmons. If nothing else, he sounds like a humble kid and most reports say he's got some serious handles though he needs to get stronger.

Simmons averaged 21 points, 5 assists and shot 89% from the line running the point for Mott CC this past season.

Speaking of Buford, he teamed with 7-footer BJ Mullens helping the Blue team to victory in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic last night in the Garden.

Buford scored 13 points and a BJ Mullens dunk gave the Blue a 77-75 lead after overcoming a 21 point first half deficit. I continue to be impressed by Mullens' ability to run the floor however these all-star games played at mach three are no showcase for bigs.