The long, talented New York native, who is spending this season and next at St. Thomas More (Conn.), said an opportunity to be the cornerstone of a program and the fact that the staff has made him a priority are the primary reasons why Miami has moved to the forefront of his recruitment.
``They are definitely number one on my list," said the 6-foot-8 junior forward. "They've been great. Coach (Frank) Haith and the rest of the staff have given me a lot of love and I'm feeling it right now."
``The chance to come in and play right away is important," he added.
Ebanks has been one of the most consistent players in the prep ranks. Despite a trio of losses this past weekend to Winchendon, MCI and Notre Dame Prep in overtime, Ebanks has put up impressive numbers.
Ebanks averaged 29 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in the three setbacks.
While he was at Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.), Ebanks admits that he was nonchalant much of the time. It's different now playing for Jere Quinn at St. Thomas More.
``I'm playing with a lot more heart now," Ebanks said. "Coach Quinn has made me realize that the best players are always consistent."
Ebanks wasn't in favor of coming to St. Thomas More at first, but now he understands that it was the best decision.
``I feel as though I've gotten a lot better, both on the court and in the classroom," said Ebanks, who just received an 80 on his most recent grading period. "I'm proud of my grades and I feel like the competition is much better in prep school than last year at Loughlin. I think I would have averaged about 30 a game if I had stayed in New York."
Ebanks said he plans on taking a visit to Miami after his season concludes in early March. If all goes well, he may pull the trigger. If not, he'll consider some of the other schools looking at him – Memphis, Indiana, Illinois, Rutgers, Georgetown and St. John's.
``I'd rather stay somewhere on the east coast," Ebanks said.