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'08 IL SG/SF Devan Bawinkle (West Virginia Verbal)


Never Forget 31-0


Winnebago High School (Winnebago, Illinois)

Ht: 6-4
Wt: 160
PPG: 21.0
REB: 9.0
AST: 4.0

Was one of the state's top-ranked incoming freshmen a year ago when he played varsity with the 23-5 Indians last season. Considered one of the top players in Illinois in the Class of 2008. Bawinkle is listing Georgetown, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Wisconsin, California, Stanford, N.C. State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. He reportedly has offers from Iowa, Marquette, Wisconsin, Georgetown, DePaul, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, and Valpo.

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By Kyle Lamb
Date: Mar 25, 2005

Illinois is always one of the top states for basketball talent, and one of the better players in the Land of Lincoln is keeping Ohio State in mind. Guard Devan Bawinkle spoke with Kyle Lamb recently about his latest list of favorites.
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He's got a name everyone can remember. And lately, everyone has remembered it. Devan Bawinkle's season has come to an end, but not before making a few splashes.

The 6-4 shooting guard from Winnebago, Ill. finished the season averaging 21 points and four assists a game including tournament play. For good measure, he hit the boards with nearly nine rebounds a game as well.

Bawinkle finished the season on a high note for Winnebago as they made it all the way to the Class A championship game in the state of Illinois, where Bawinkle scored 21, 27 and 24 points in their three appearances prior to scoring 11 points in the finale.

The performances were overshadowed by a loss in the state championship game to Chicago Leo, 65-57. Bawinkle was satisfied with the year as a whole.

"It ended up being a great year," he told Bucknuts on Thursday. "I started playing well personally towards the end of the regular season, and I think I did a lot better towards the end. We played some tough teams this year, and we had a good season."

Bawinkle's season highs were 29 points and 40 points respectively in the regular season and tournament play.

There's a simple explanation for why his scoring increased late in the year.

"Well, mostly it's because at crunch time, the team needed me to step up and start scoring more often," Bawinkle noted. "We got into some close games and when the tournament started, I really just needed to carry the team on my back and make plays."

With Bawinkle's season at an end, he can now begin to focus on recruiting where he has many of the top programs in the nation interested in his game.

He listed just some of the teams he's involved with.

"Right now it's Georgetown, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Wisconsin, California, Stanford, N.C. State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame," Bawinkle rattled off. "I have offers from Iowa, Marquette, Wisconsin, Georgetown, DePaul, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, and Valpo."

Bawinkle is considering spring trips to both Georgetown and Miami among others.

So far this season, Bawinkle visited DePaul, Northwestern, Iowa, Michigan State, and Notre Dame, and hopes to visit several others. One team that remains in touch with Bawinkle is Ohio State.

Where do the Buckeyes fit within his plans, and are they still actively recruiting him?

"Yes, they are still involved a lot. They do keep in touch," Bawinkle confirmed. "They write a lot of letters to me, and talk to my coach a lot. They said they would call as soon as they were allowed to."

Junior high school prospects are allowed to receive one phone call before the end of their junior year according to NCAA regulations, which is what Ohio State plans to do next month.

For now, keep the name in mind. It shouldn't be hard to remember.



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Devan Bawinkel

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By Kyle Lamb, Devan Bawinkel
Date: May 13, 2005

We have a special feature for you today as basketball writer Kyle Lamb has teamed with a couple of recruits to bring you Bucknuts Recruiting Diaries. These will be words from the recruits themselves as they go through the recruiting process and experience what it is like to be a sought after college recruit. The first diary comes from Winnebago, Illinois guard Devan Bawinkel. Click the link for more.
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Sometimes, quotes, reports, and pictures just can’t do justice for the hectic lifestyle of a Division I basketball recruit. So with that in mind, we decided perhaps the best way to illustrate the tiring process is to let the recruits tell you in their own words.

We will hand select a few particular recruits that are willing to write their own diaries occasionally, giving you an inside look into their process and their own recruitment. Considering the extreme amount of time spent in school, practice, games, and talking to coaches, we have left the frequency up to them.

For now, however, we bring you the first edition of the Bucknuts Recruiting Diary as a short recap from Winnebago, Ill. prospect Devan Bawinkel.

Bawinkel is a 6-4 guard who plays AAU for the Illinois Wolves. He’s a teammate of another Ohio State recruiting target, Will Walker. Bawinkel has graciously volunteered to write every so often on the intricacies and details of his recruitment and how basketball is going for him.

As nearly a 4.0 student, who also averaged 18 points a game on the hardwood this past season, Bawinkel is a player who excels both in the classroom and on the floor. For the first recruiting diary, Bawinkel has kept it short and sweet just to introduce himself to you.

We will try to introduce a few more diaries in the next couple of weeks, and keep having a few running at a time. As we continue to line more up, here is Devan in his own words: the first edition of the Bucknuts Recruiting Diary.

<HR>What’s up? This is Devan Bawinkel from Winnebago High School and the Illinois Wolves. My high school team had a great season, finishing second in the state for the second year in a row. I ended the season averaging 21 points nine rebounds and four assists.

This summer, I'll be teaming with Will Walker, Will Veasley, and TJ Marion for the Illinois Wolves. We've already played in several tournaments this spring. We played in the Kingwood Classic, Spiece Run-N-Slam, and Illinois Wolves Hoops Challenge. Our next tournament is in Louisville next weekend. We'll be playing all over the place this summer.

As far as recruiting goes, I'm really looking at DePaul, Northwestern, Michigan State, Ohio State, Georgetown, Miami-Florida, Nebraska, Tennessee, North Carolina State, and NIU. I have no favorites and I'm just keeping my options open. I've been meeting with a lot of coaches at my school. Two weeks ago I met with Tom Izzo and John Thompson.

All these schools seem so perfect but it's going to be a tough decision.

I'll see how my summer goes and I'll make a decision in August or in the fall. I know wherever I go I will have fun and get a good education. I found out that the recruiting process can be a lot of fun, but a lot of stress, as well. I just try to have fun with it because you only go through it one time.

Until Next Time,
Devan Bawinkel

<HR>Stay tuned in the coming days and weeks until we introduce a few more diaries. We hope this will be a fun feature for both the kids and those who enjoy following recruiting. We hope it will begin to give a good understanding at just how stressful it can be to recruits and coaches.

In the future, we will also try to touch on many different aspects of the recruiting process. From visits, to phone calls, to mail, to everything else. So stay tuned, and enjoy hearing it straight from the source.

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