Changes For Ebanks

Devin Ebanks was considered one of the top players in the Class of 2007. He was also one of the elite players in New York. No more on both counts. Now the long 6-foot-8 Queens native is at Patterson School and has re-classified.

For Devin Ebanks, change has been good.

The skilled 6-foot-8, 205-pound sophomore, who was forced to leave Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) about a month ago, has made the move to Patterson School (N.C.).

Ebanks, who grew up in Queens, had considered going to prep school instead of Bishop Loughlin for his sophomore campaign – but opted to give it another year at home.

Things worked out well on the court as Ebanks averaged 19 points per game as a sophomore. However, it wasn't as smooth off the court.

``Being at Patterson is a lot better than Loughlin," Ebanks said. "I'm not going to lie. My freshman year I was acting up a little bit, but I didn't do anything that should have gotten me kicked out this year."

Patterson coach Chris Chaney said that Ebanks has been a model citizen since arriving in North Carolina.

``He's done well in the classroom and the thing I like about him is that he's got a smile on his face every time I see him," Chaney said. "He's real pleasant to be around and all the teachers like him. I am shocked that he would have done anything that would have led to him being kicked out of school, but when kids that age are around certain people, things happen."

The 16-year-old Ebanks realizes that he's in a better situation now where he can rid himself of the distractions in New York and concentrate on his academics and improving on the court.

While most of his friends went out on the AAU circuit in April, Ebanks was back at Patterson working to improve his grades.

``It was tough for me, but I know I need to focus on what's important," Ebanks said.

Ebanks is hoping to go with the Metro Hawks to Nashville Memorial Day Weekend and is planning on attending Florida's team camp in June. While recruiting has taken a back seat to his work in the classroom of late, he mentioned the defending national champion Gators – along with UConn, Louisville and St. John's – as schools he's considering.

``It's much easier for me down here," Ebanks said. "I can do what I have to do. When I get out in July, I want to show people I am one of the top players in my class (he will likely reclassify into 2008) and also that I can play under pressure because now I realize I'm under a microscope after what happened at Loughlin."

``People don't realize Devin's only 16," Chaney added. "He's 6-8, long and athletic and looks like he knows how to play. He can really shoot it and just needs to get stronger and used to playing against these guys every day. The sky's the limit. He remind me of DerMarr Johnson. He shoots it just like him – with that confidence – and he'll probably play shooting guard for us like DerMarr did for me."

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