Bloomington, Ind. – After receiving some bad news on the recruiting front earlier this week, Indiana is expected to get some very good news a week from now.
That's when the fall signing period starts (Nov. 14-21), and four players are expected to sign their IU national letters of intent to play in Bloomington next fall. It's a class that lost a bit of its luster with the legal troubles of Bud Mackey and Tyler Zeller's decision to go to North Carolina, but it's still a class that should be ranked among the top 25-30 nationally and among the top three in the Big Ten along with Ohio State and Michigan State.
While Zeller was the big name that got away, IU does still have a huge name headed to Bloomington in 6'8", 185-pound wing Devin Ebanks, Scout.com's 13th-ranked player in the '08 class who committed to the Hoosiers last spring. Despite some brief speculation to the contrary, Ebanks hasn't wavered on that commitment, according to his prep school coach.
"He is still going to Indiana," St. Thomas More (Conn.) Prep School Coach Jere Quinn told HoosierNation.com.
That's reason to smile if you're an IU fan, according to Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep. In his mind, Indiana will be welcoming one of the elite scorers in the '08 class, someone who will make a huge impact immediately upon his arrival.
"Instant offense is on the way," Telep said.
Ebanks is a versatile scorer who figures to give opponents fits with his rangy frame and perimeter-oriented attack, someone who will be very hard for opposing teams to match up with defensively.
"Ebanks obviously has great size, and can be a multiple threat type of player," Telep said. "A passer, handler and scorer, this is a young man who should someday make a living with this game."
While Ebanks is the biggest name of the four IU-bound players, Telep said the others have a chance to be big contributors as well. Neither Matt Roth nor Tom Pritchard is ranked among the top 30 at their respective positions, but both figure to be very good complimentary players.
"Pritchard is steady and solid inside," Telep said of the 6-8, 235-pound St. Edward's (Ohio) H.S. product, where he plays alongside Michigan State-bound Delvon Roe. "He's an excellent secondary post player. Banging against Delvon since his freshman season has already given him a taste of Big Ten ball."
Washington, Ill., shooting guard Matt Roth, meanwhile, might not have garnered a great deal of national attention, but he will arrive as one of the best pure shooters in the class, someone who should be a perfect complement to the likes of Ebanks.
"He'll be the designated zone buster and it'll be a role he can handle for sure," Telep said. "The (3-point) line moving back only excites a guy like this."
The most recent commit is Terrell Holloway, a 6-0, 175-pound point guard who is the 16th-ranked point guard in the class. Holloway told HoosierNation.com that it's unclear whether he'll sign in the fall or in the spring, but whenever he inks his letter of intent he'll fill a void at point guard that was created when IU had to severe its relationship with Bud Mackey.
"He's a guy that can get in the seams and make plays for others," Telep said. "Holloway was one of the top options once Bud Mackey's situation evolved."
Plenty To Be Excited About in IU's '08 Class
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