Star athlete remains humble despite success

By Mika Cummins

January 14, 2014

Ryan Devers is everything a coach could ask for in a point guard.

He is a tremendous leader and a talented shooter. He is consistent, powerful and hardworking. But most importantly, he is humble.

“I feel like I kind of let the team down, just considering how our record is right now,” Devers said. “I feel like we should at least be over .500.”

Devers got his start playing high school basketball at Tulsa Central HS in Tulsa, Okla., where he averaged 18 points and four assists per game. He was named to First Team All-State and was selected to play in the OCA Coaches Convention All-State game.

His first two seasons of college basketball were spent at Cowley County Community College and Eastern Oklahoma State College.

He decided to transfer to Missouri Western for his junior season.

“The coaching staff really made me feel at home,” Devers said. “I just love the way they recruited me over at [EOSC].”

Since arriving at Western, Devers has been an essential part to not only the offense of the team, but the leadership of it, as well.

“He’s doing a great job. He has a big challenge, because we need him to score the ball, but we also need him to lead the team and run our team,” head coach Brett Weiberg said.

Much like his high school statistics, he averages 17.5 points and 4.2 assists per game in the first 15 games of the season.

Devers is currently leading the team with 263 points, 63 rebounds and 70 assists. He is second on the team with 24 steals.

However, his best statistic is his free throw percentage. Devers currently shoots 88 percent from the line, making 73 of his attempted 83 free throws.

“He’s a great player. He is probably the best point guard I’ve played with,” Dareon Jones. “He’s a great scorer and he gets everyone else involved. He comes to every game ready to play.”

Conference play has been Devers breakout period as a Griffon. In the first seven games of MIAA play, he averages 21.4 points and 10.3 assists.

His personal best came on Jan. 6 when the Griffons welcomed the Lopers of Nebraska-Kearney to the MWSU Fieldhouse. That night, Devers scored a career-high 35 points, shooting 58.8 percent from the field and 60 percent from beyond the arc. In addition to that, he also collected six rebounds, six assists and one steal.

But despite all he has brought to the team, Devers still believes he can do so much more for his team.

“Leading my team, just trying to be the best leader I can possibly be. I want to be that,” Devers said.

Devers and the Griffons will welcome the Bearcats of Southwest Baptist on Sat., Jan. 18. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m.