Devin Ebanks Buying In

When Devin Ebanks first arrived at St. Thomas More (Conn.), he wasn't all that happy. His mother was the reason he landed in Oakdale, Conn. Now the skilled junior forward from Brooklyn has adjusted well - both on and off the court.

Devin Ebanks wasn't thrilled with the idea of spending two years in Oakdale, Conn., when he first arrived at St. Thomas More.

Now, the skilled 6-foot-8, 210-pound junior from Brooklyn, who is 10 games into his prep school career, doesn't have any regrets.

``I needed to get out of New York to focus," Ebanks said. "My grades are up to an 80 and that's what I'm proud of."

Despite being the youngest player that St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn has ever coached, Ebanks has thrived right out of the gates. Ebanks is averaging a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards per game.

``Coach Quinn has really helped me to be more assertive," Ebanks said. "He's the best high school coach I've ever had. He lets me play."

In the past at Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.), Ebanks said he wasn't allowed to bring the ball up the court after getting a defensive rebound despite his impressive ballhandling skills for someone his size.

``I was told to give it up," Ebanks said. "Sometimes I'd do it anyway. If I scored, it was alright. If not, it wasn't OK."

``Coach Quinn just lets me go and I enjoy it," he added.

While Ebanks' grades and the consistency of his play has gone up, his recruitment has been at somewhat of a standstill.

Miami has been the most aggressive with Georgetown, New Mexico, Florida and Rutgers also in the mix.

``St. John's stopped calling," Ebanks said. "Sometimes I wonder why there aren't a lot more schools, but it'll make it easier for me to narrow my choice down."

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