While he isn't exactly new to the national radar, Ben Eblen is going through a bit of a transformation as a prospect. After arriving on the scene as an undersized scorer, the six foot tall lefty point man from Melbourne (Fla.) Air Academy has been proving this spring with Tom Topping's Nike Team Florida that he's ready to run a team full time on the next level.
"I was really always more of a pure point guard, it's just that when I was younger and playing up, I was without pressure and I could score more," said Eblen. "Now I've got more guys around me and I'm more of a floor general. In college it's hard to be barely six foot and trying to be a big time scorer, so I've had to kind of adapt."
Adapt is exactly what Eblen has done. Whereas in the past he would charge hard to the hoop and take some wild jumpers, he's now a patient and controlling dribbler who runs his team's offense. He picks his spots to score and is particularly dangerous in pick and roll situations where he can either turn a corner and get to the hole, pull up for a shot or dish to an open teammate.
While he's spent plenty of hours in the gym, Eblen is also quick to give credit to his summer coaches for helping to develop him when he can't be with his high school team and coach Aubin Gaporo.
"It's really just about developing as opposed to just the usual AAU get the kids on the court, roll out the ball and play,' said Eblen." Even if we lose early in a tournament we're still practicing and working on stuff. It's more about development as players and I really like that."
On the recruiting front, Eblen has been hearing from schools all across the country
"It's been up and down with schools getting commitments but most recently, Iowa, Michigan and Providence have called," Eblen told PrepStars.com. "I've also had a bunch of interest from Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, Miami, Florida State and bunch of other schools like St. John's and Georgia Tech. I've got offers from mid majors like Tulsa and Marshall."
With mid major offers and high major interest, Eblen says that his ultimate decision will come down to fit. While he'd like to get high major offers, he already understands that it doesn't happen for everybody and he's open to whatever path his recruitment leads him down.
"It's always your dream to play in the big time conferences like the ACC, SEC, Pac-10, Big East, Big 12 that kind of thing," said Eblen. "Really you just have to wait it out and see. Mid major might be the right place because High major isn't always right for everybody. I'd really like to get the high major offers, but it's the right fit that matters most when it comes down to it."