Ebanks Serious At His New School

What's going on with Devin Ebanks? Scout.com's No. 14 junior is taking care of business at his new residence.

Devin Ebanks didn't really want to be at St. Thomas More (Conn.), but you'd never know watching him on the court.

The 6-foot-8, 208-pound junior forward is playing hard all the time on the court. St. Thomas More veteran coach Jere Quinn is the first to admit that his most highly touted player (Scout.com No. 14) in a while doesn't slack when it's game-time.

``Devin has a lot of ability and I have no complaints about his effort," Quinn said. "Some people have questioned his consistency, but he's played hard every time. If he wants to take it to the next level, he needs to find time to work on his game."

``If he puts in additional time," Quinn added. "The sky's the limit."

Ebanks is extremely skilled. He's long, can shoot the ball from the perimeter and also has the ability to take the ball off the glass and take it the length of the court.

While he's still thin, Ebanks is hoping to gain a few pounds in the next two seasons in the prep ranks.

``My body's gotten stronger now that I've gotten in the weight room every day," Ebanks said. "I've been in there all day every day."

Ebanks, who turns 17 later this month, is the first to admit he'll benefit without the distractions that plagued him at Bishop Loughlin in Brooklyn, N.Y.

``I wanted to leave," Ebanks said. "I needed to leave."

Ebanks is hoping to improve enough and get his academics in order so that he can earn a spot in the McDonald's All-American Game in a couple years and also crack the top five in the Class of 2008.

``It's crunch-time for me," he said. "I'm trying to do things and I know I need to work hard to accomplish those goals."

Ebanks said that his goal is to go somewhere that he can win games and also play an up-tempo brand of basketball.

He said that UConn, Miami, Rutgers, Georgetown and New Mexico have been the most aggressive of late. He also added that St. John's, Virginia Tech and Seton Hall have also been recruiting him.

``He's got a lot of ability," Quinn said. "He's long, he puts it on the floor and makes it look effortless. He needs to work on his defensive intensity and rebound the ball better, but he's the youngest kid I've ever coached."

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