Telep's Take on Ebanks' Decision

Devin Ebanks' decision is just days away...but where is he headed?'s Dave Telep offers his take on the decision of the 6-8, 190-pound wing from St. Thomas More (Conn.) School...

Bloomington, Ind. – Devin Ebanks' college decision is just days away.

According to's Jeff Goodman, Ebanks will make his announcement on Saturday during the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y. Ebanks' Team Takeover will be participating in the three-day event, which begins Friday.

Various reports have Ebanks set to decide between Indiana, Miami (Fla.) and Rutgers, although National Recruiting Director Dave Telep still think it's really a two-horse race.

"I think it would take quite a late rally for (Rutgers) to tangle with IU and UM at this stage," Telep said.

The 6-8, 190-pound Ebanks is the 10th-ranked player in the 2008 class according to, someone who has draw attention from programs from coast to coast. But it's ultimately been the Hurricanes and Hoosiers that have separted themselves for the St. Thomas More (Conn.) standout.

Miami has been the program that's been recruiting Ebanks the longest, with Head Coach Frank Haith personally handling Ebanks' recruitment. While the Hurricanes don't have the same sort of tradition that Indiana or some of the others have, Telep says there is a strong draw to the south Florida school.

"When I look at Miami and Ebanks it reminds me a lot of Darius Rice's situation," Teleps said. "He can come in and be the headliner and try and put a program on his shoulders and see what he can do with it."

Rice was a 2000 McDonald's All-American who spurned offers form more high-profile programs to sign with Miami. He scored 1,865 points during his Hurricane career and helped Coach Leonard Hamilton's squads to a pair of postseason tourneys.

Indiana, meanwhile, was the more recent arrival on the recruiting scene, but made quite an impact. Ebanks was in Bloomington last month for an unofficial visit and many think the Hoosiers are the team to beat for his services.

As is the case with Miami, Telep sees plenty of things to like about IU's chances as well.

"The draw about Indiana is probably the fact that he'll have a legit chance to win on a big national level has got to factor into the equation," Telep said. "Indiana's basketball history is a little different than the other schools on his list." Top Stories