UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Second-year squad member who joined the team midway through the 2002 campaign ... Originally joined the team as a walk-on, but was awarded a scholarship by Coach Romar during the summer of 2002 ... The tallest member of the team who could battle for playing time in the post ... Possesses excellent hands and could develop into a fine center under the tutelage of assistant coach Russ Schoene, a fomer NBA veteran ... Father, Dan Devoe, was a letterman at Ricks College and one of the legendary "Three Trees" at Olympia (Wash.) High School during the 1960s. 2002-03
(RS-Freshman) -- Played six games ... Saw his first collegiate game action against Florida International Dec. 21) and grabbed one rebund in three minutes ... Scored two points at Oregon State (Jan. 25) ... Collected two rebounds against Houston (Dec. 23). 2001-02 (Red-Shirt) -- Utilized a red-shirt campaign ... Began practicing with the team Dec. 31, but did not participate in any games ... Did not travel, but suited up for home games beginning Jan. 10 against Arizona State.
OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL
Averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior in 2000 at Olympia (Wash.) High School ... Played in the same town and high school league as current UCLA freshman center Michael Fey (Capital High School) ... Attended the Air Force Prepatory Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. for one semester before beginning a Mormon mission ... Served a brief Mormon mission in Pennsylvania that was cut short by a back injury that forced him to return to Olympia during the fall of 2001 ... His availability was made known to the UW coaching staff in December of 2001 and he was accepted later that month into UW for the winter quarter ... Prep teammates Kelley Golot (Northern Arizona) and Mark Bigelow (BYU) are also playing Division I basketball.
COACH ROMAR ON BEN DEVOE
"It took Ben an entire year to get himself in the type of condition that will allow him to now begin to improve as a basketball player.I would hope at that point, Ben would be in a situation where we could put him in a game situation and he could handle it. We are optimistic that he will be able to do that. The first thing you notice is that great size. He's also got soft hands. He will absolutely benefit from working with Coach (Russ) Schoene."