Bloomington, Ind. – Devin Ebanks will answer one big question Saturday when he announces where he intends to play his college basketball.
But there's another question that will arise soon afterwards…how long is he staying?
After all, the 6-8, 185-pound wing from St. Thomas More (Conn.) School is the 10th-ranked player in the 2008 class according to Scout.com. While the new NBA age restriction forces elite prep players to spend at least one year in college, the temptation of bolting for the pro ranks is only a year away.
While it will be a good problem for either Indiana, Miami (Fla.) or Rutgers to have, it's an issue nonetheless that could crop up after Ebanks' debut season. Five of Scout.com's top 10 players in the 2006 class have made themselves eligible for the upcoming draft, so it's a good bet Ebanks will be pondering that decision as well in the spring of 2009.
Based on his lofty ranking as well as his array of skills, it's easy to see why pro scouts would be intrigued by his potential in the not-too-distant future.
"To put it bluntly, Devin simply has more talent and natural ability than a lot of guys," said Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep. "For instance, he can handle the basketball like a guard and has the ability to be a big wing player. There's a lot of room to grow and a high ceiling to reach."
Ebanks has drawn a few comparisons to Kevin Durant, the Texas Longhorn freshman who is projected to go second in the upcoming NBA Draft. Telep said he thinks Ebanks reminds him more of another recent All-American who was also an NBA Lottery pick.
"Sometimes when I watch him I see a lot of Rudy Gay," Telep said.
An athletic, high-flying wing, Gay left Connecticut after his sophomore year and was the eighth pick in the 2006 draft. He averaged 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in his debut season with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Gay spent two seasons in college basketball before making the jump to the pros, and Telep thinks Ebanks is destined to spend at least two years at the college level before he's ready to make the jump.
"I don't think he's one-and-done," Telep said. "As good as he is, there's a lot he's got to learn. For starters, if you are as talented as Ebanks is, there's a responsibility to bring it each time out. I also think playing at a high level in college will allow him to see areas he can improve. He's a good shooter who can get better. He's a solid handler who could be more confident."
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