Devin Ebanks Makes Decision

Devin Ebanks has made it no secret that Miami has been his No. 1 choice for the past few months. The Brooklyn native, who will return to St. Thomas More (Conn.) next season, gave an exclusive at where he's headed for college. Here's a hint: Things have changed over the past few months.

Devin Ebanks is headed to Bloomington.

The skilled 6-foot-8 rising senior wing, who spent the first of two years at St. Thomas More (Conn.) this past season, committed to Indiana after taking a recent unofficial visit to the campus.

``Coach (Kelvin) Sampson sat down with me and my family and we felt it was the best situation for me," Ebanks told prior to his announcement on Saturday afternoon at the Rumble in the Bronx. "Indiana's always going to be a Top 25 team and they also have one of the top academic programs in the country."

Ebanks (, No. 10) made no secret of the fact that he was leaning towards pulling the trigger for Miami. However, that all changed after his trip to Bloomington.

Ebanks said that the culture in the town is all about basketball and that was critical in his decision.

``Their fans are crazy," said Ebanks, who hung out with Eric Gordon, D.J. White and Armon Bassett on his visit. "I've never even seen so many people come to an AAU tournament."

Another factor that swayed Ebanks were Sampson's reputation defensively.

``I also need to improve defensively and Coach Sampson is considered one of the best defensive coaches," Ebanks said.

Ebanks grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) before transferring to St. Thomas More prior to last season and becoming one of the top players in the prep ranks.

``We saw how much Coach (Jere) Quinn helped his defense and we're hoping that continues with Coach Sampson," said Lawrence McGugins, who coaches Ebanks in the summer with Team Takeover. ``Coach Sampson reminds us of Quinn in many aspects."

Ebanks also considered Miami, Rutgers, UConn and Georgia.

``I believe Indiana's getting a player who hasn't come close to realizing his potential," McGugins said. "You don't find too many kids Devin's size that can do what he's able to do in terms of shooting the ball and putting it on the floor. We just want him to become consistent and let the game come to him."

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