The senior guard is lighting up the competition on the court, while being a leader off it
In his last three games, Gabe DeVoe has lit up the competition.
The Clemson senior scored a career-high 25 points at Georgia Tech on Jan. 28, while making 5-of-8 three-point attempts in a two-point win. He then came back two days later and again knocked down 5-of-8 shots from behind the arc, while scoring 17 points in a four-point Tigers’ win over then No. 19 North Carolina.
Then last Saturday at Wake Forest, he made 5-of-7 triples in a 24-point performance as the 15th-ranked Tigers took down the Demon Deacons for a third straight victory.
“I’m in a position where the team needs me to do more,” DeVoe said.
And he is delivering.
Since his teammate, and fellow senior, Donte Grantham tore his ACL against Notre Dame, DeVoe has turned things up on the offensive end of the court. He is just the third Clemson player in school history to make five three-pointers in three straight games and the first Tiger do it in nearly 12 years.
“(Having the freedom to shoot) has been able to create more opportunities for me. In the past, I guess, I was more in a supporting role, but now I am one of the main guys,” DeVoe said. “That is what the team needs from me and I have been able to deliver.”
Brad Brownell isn’t surprised at all to see DeVoe scoring at high level and having a great senior year.
“He has been a hard working guy for a long time and showed flashes of very good play,” the Clemson head coach said. “A little bit of consistency has always been the issue. Now as a senior, he has really embraced all that we are asking him to do and certainly he is being rewarded for that.”
DeVoe’s performances against Wake Forest and UNC earned him ACC Player of the Week honors as he averaged 20.5 points, 4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the two Clemson wins. He made 14-of-23 shots from the floor (61 percent), while draining 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) from three.
In the last three games, including the Georgia Tech game, DeVoe has averaged 21.7 points per game and has connected on 15-of-23 three-pointers.
“I have not changed the way I played, just shots are going in,” DeVoe said.
Brownell says his guard from Shelby, N.C., is simply playing with more confidence.
“He is just a more confident player,” the Clemson coach said. “He shoots the ball with more confidence. He plays the game with more confidence. The game has slowed down for him tremendously.
“There are some strength things there, too. He is a bigger and stronger guy now. He can play longer and not be fatigued both mentally and physically. The biggest difference is his confidence is at a very good level and has been for most of the season.”
DeVoe is averaging 13.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game so far this season and has connected on 41.4 percent of his three-point attempts. He is shooting 45.6 percent overall from the field and 77.4 percent overall from the foul line.
However, DeVoe’s success just does not come on the floor. He is also very outgoing on campus and engages in a number of projects. In high school, he served as class president during his freshman, sophomore and junior years before being voted school president as a senior.
In his previous two years, the marketing major has earned All-ACC Academic selections and last year earned the team’s Academic Excellence Award.
Off the court and out of the classroom, Brownell says DeVoe is a young man who is confident in who he is. He is bright and sometimes can be a jokester that gets along with everyone on campus.
“He has a good relationship with a lot of different people,” Brownell said. “One of the things that are great about Gabe is that he hangs out with people all over campus, other athletes and regular students. He is a Clemson guy that way.
“He is not just a basketball player. He does not just pigeonhole himself to just hanging out with other basketball players.”
Brownell and his staff encourage their players to get involved on campus and make other friends and just be a regular student as times. That is obviously something they do not have to worry about with DeVoe.
“I think that is part of the process of growing up and really, if you don’t do that, I think you are missing out on the college experience,” Brownell said. “Gabe is certainly one of those kinds of guys (that’s outgoing). He is a very friendly, confident person who is going to meet all kinds of different people.
“He is not going to be shy. He is very confident in who he is. He is raised from a great family so he has been raised well to be out going and to learn and do other things and I think he is getting the full Clemson experience because of that.”