Ebanks Finally Commits

Top unsigned player signs with West Virginia

May 19, 2008

By Van Coleman

CSTV & Hoopmasters.com


Van is one of the nation's premier recruiting experts.

Bobby Huggins and his West Virginia staff worked a little magic over the weekend and have landed the nation's top unsigned player.


We spoke earlier today with Jere Quinn, the prep school coach of the nation's top unsigned talent, our No.13 rated prep, 6-foot-8 Devin Ebanks from Oakdale St. Thomas More, and he confirmed that Ebanks had committed to West Virginia after visiting the Morgantown campus over the weekend.


"He just felt extremely comfortable with the players," Quinn said. "He really liked Coach Huggins and Coach  (Larry) Harrison, too. That along with the campus and town really sold West Virginia to him.


"West Virginia will also allow him to play in his hometown of New York, as he really looks at himself as a Big East type player.


"His mom, Yvonne Jackson, did an excellent job of preparing him for his college decision," Quinn said. "She made him understand that the decision is about more than basketball, that education and the community you will play in are just as important as the basketball."


Ebanks chose West Virginia over Memphis, Texas and Rutgers. He originally signed with Indiana, but was released from his letter once Kelvin Sampson was dismissed this past season.


"He really likes being part of a community and it was important when he made his first decision to go to Indiana, and it was equally as important in choosing West Virginia," Quinn said. "He really was impressed with the overall dedication to the West Virginia basketball program, on campus and in the community.


Ebanks is an explosive offensive talent with the potential to average 15-20 points a game as a freshman. He has a game similar to Kevin Durant coming out of high school. He can knock down a perimeter jumper, create drive, especially against bigger foes, or dominate with his quickness and explosion on the blocks. He should make an immediate impact with the Mountaineers.


"He can score in so many different ways," Quinn said. "He is as explosive a player offensively as anyone we've had at St. Thomas More, but he's also a real team player who will do whatever it takes to win.  That's something you don't see often in a player of his ability."


Ebanks averaged 22 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and handed out 4 assists a game for St. Thomas More this past winter.  He contributes on both ends of court and has added close to 15 pounds to his frame since arriving in Oakdale. Look for him to make an immediate impact next fall for the Mountaineers.


With the addition of Ebanks this spring the Mountaineers have a chance to make a run at the Big East title, especially if Joe Alexander comes back to team.

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