George credits his parents, Eddie and Carol, with keeping him and his brothers, Eddie Jr. and Chafe, on the right path. Eddie Sr., a truck driver for a construction firm, and Carol, owner-operator of a beauty salon, scrimped and saved so their boys could attend private schools. They even took on extra work so that Devean (pronounced DEV-in) could meet the $20,000-per-year tuition payments at Augsburg.
Devean, who graduated in May with a degree in communications, would love to make it in the NBA and move his parents to a safer neighborhood. He worked out privately for five teams before heading to the predraft camp in Chicago, and he says he enjoyed getting chauffeured around, staying at nice hotels and meeting NBA stars such as Patrick Ewing. If there's one benefit to being from a Division III school, he says, it's that he's not spoiled. "I'm not one of those guys who's been pampered the whole time," George says. "Every step I've taken has been three times harder for me than for the next guy. But you know what? Because of where I've come from, I think I appreciate it more."