Where Do Things Stand with Ebanks?

The biggest question surrounding IU recruiting these stays is the status of Devin Ebanks' pledge to the Hoosiers. St. Thomas More Coach Jere Quinn updates where things stand with Scout.com's 13th-ranked player in the '08 class...

Devin Ebanks is sticking with his decision to attend Indiana.

For now.

That's the word from his St. Thomas More Prep Coach Jere Quinn, who is fielding all inquiries about Ebanks' now up-the-air recruiting situation after Kelvin Sampson's departure as IU's head basketball coach.

Right now, Devin Devin is still continuing with his decision to go to Indiana," Quinn said. "We're going to finish the season and they we're going to sit around with his family and assess the situation."

Today, that situation is very much uncertain. Dan Dakich has stepped in as Sampson's replacement on an interim basis, but IU is likely at least a month away from settling on a full-time basketball coach. In the meantime, Dakich, Assistant Head Coach Ray McCallum and Assistant Coach Jeff Meyer have been doing what they can to keep IU's four '08 commits from looking elsewhere.

That's involved getting in front of each one to remind them of many of the other reasons they picked IU besides Sampson.

"We have four kids that are signed to come here, and we're going around to talk to them," Dakich said. "We're talking to them about Indiana University, the reasons they came here, and to let them know the program is on good footing right now.

"The program came through a hard time, and we've had a great response."

Dakich didn't elaborate on which recruits the staff has talked to, a decision based on a desire to make sure NCAA rules allow him to do so. With everything that's unfolded in the last six months, Dakich said he and the staff are being particularly cautious in that area.

"Yesterday, Ray and I are driving and we made 16 calls to compliance people about making sure what we could do," Dakich said. "If there's a mistake, it wasn't from a lack of (effort)."

The player who IU probably is most concerned about is Ebanks, Scout.com's 13th-ranked player in the '08 class. Ebanks reportedly has an "out" in his letter of intent that releases him from his IU pledge if there was a coaching change, and he'd then be able to sign with someone else once the spring signing period gets underway April 16.

That gives Indiana some time to sort out its situation and make its best pitch to convince Ebanks that Bloomington is still the right place for him. Fortunately for the IU program Ebanks hasn't been in a rush to severe ties following Sampson's resignation.

"There's no movement, no recruitment, everything is staying exactly where it is for the next week or two," Quinn said. "Everything is on hold."

After a week or two, though, St. Thomas More Prep's season will come to an end, and Ebanks will turn his attention to where he'll be playing next fall. If he does open things up, he figures to be deluged with offers and opportunities and IU could find it difficult to win a second recruiting battle for his services.

"There's a lot going on at Indiana, and he's going to do what he feels is best for him, Indiana and his family," Quinn said.

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