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Cannady learning new tasks on, off the basketball court

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Indiana guard seeks versatility in his game, life

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 4:47 am

Devin Cannady has always known how to score. The problem for the senior-to-be point guard is that for him to get where he wants to in his basketball career he needs more than just a shooting touch.

For the summer circuit and playing with the Spiece Indy Heat, this has meant learning to go from the leader to the distributor.

“It's not that easy,” Cannady said. “You may think that 'Oh, he's a guard, he should be able to do this, do that,' but teams I've played on previously, they've looked at me to come off screens and shoot and just be a scorer, and on a team where you have people with high-major offers and all this talent, you have to be more of a point guard.”

This has meant spending time learning to improve his ball handling and vision from the point guard position. He demonstrated these abilities last weekend at the recent Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam All-Star Classic at Spiece Fieldhouse and has the started to gain college coaches attention with his developing multi-faceted game.

This has helped him garner offers from schools such as Indiana State, Toledo, Cornell, IUPUI, Northern Illinois and Ball State. It has also added some recent contact with more major programs like Notre Dame, Butler, Purdue and Indiana.

It has also helped that Cannady has joined the Spiece Indy Heat team and the higher level of competition on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) schedule.

“That competition level is a lot tougher and it's making me work on areas of my game, my weaknesses,” Cannady said. “I've played this competition before but crazy thing is playing against competition with great players along side me than just being the man.”

As the exposure and offer list for Cannady continues to grow, he has left his recruitment open but has created a general timeframe. After the July summer circuit season he said he will start to take visits and make a decision sometime following.

This means he has a few more months to try and impress some high-major

programs, but even if they offer he won't just automatically head to there without first considering their program.

“It would be nice to get offered by them (high-major programs), but I would just like to see what their plans would be for me,” Cannady said. “I'm not trying to just go to a high-major just to say I'm going. I want to go to a place that best fit. If a mid-major is saying they're the best opportunity to play and best education, I'll go there.”

The role of education could be an important aspect of Cannady's college choice. The (Mishawaka) Marian High School senior-to-be started playing

basketball at the 5 years old, but has already started planning for his future without it.

This has included starting to volunteer and learning to play the piano.

“I know basketball is not always going to be there; I'm not always going to be able to get up above the rim and dunk it, but going into a place and knowing how to play piano that would be cool,” Cannady said. “I just want to be more versatile as a human being. Going to be a day the basketball stops dropping and I don't want to go into culture shock.”

Until that day comes, Cannady has plenty to grow and gain from his basketball career. While he develops himself outside the game he continues to grow into the point guard role knowing it will make him better.

“I mean, the scoring, it's just going to be there, but if I can add another dimension to my game where people guarding won't always know what is going to happen,” Cannady said. “It's going to help me as a player and as a team.”