Report: Ebanks De-Commits from IU

According to a published report, Devin Ebanks has opted to de-commit from IU in the wake of Kelvin Sampson's resignation and will likely sign with another school in April.

According to a published report, Devin Ebanks has opted to de-commit from IU in the wake of Kelvin Sampson's resignation and will likely sign with another school in April.

West Patterson (N.J.) Herald News' reporter Adam Zagoria reported on his website Thursday that Scout.com's 13th-ranked player in the '08 class is now considering Rutgers, Memphis and Texas, and there remains a possibility that another school or two could enter the picture as well.

The 6-8, 190-pound Ebanks signed with Indiana in the fall, but reportedly had an "out" in his national letter of intent releasing him from that commitment if Sampson was no longer the head coach. Sampson resigned almost two weeks ago after the NCAA issued its report alleging five major recruiting violations by Sampson and his staff during the last two years.

IU Coach Dan Dakich and Assistant Head Coach Ray McCallum visited with Ebanks last week, and St. Thomas More Prep Coach Jere Quinn told HoosierNation.com last week that Ebanks was going to wait to make a determination on whether or not to re-open his recruitment after his season came to an end.

That happened Tuesday, when his team lost to Hargrave Military Academy in the National Prep School Championships.

One of Ebanks' AAU coaches told Zagoria he has heard from 25 schools about potentially getting involved with the talented small forward, but he said Ebanks wasn't going to start from scratch.

"It's not going to be open recruiting," Lawrence McGugins told Zagoria. "He'll let us know the 2-4 schools and I'll contact the schools to let them know."

It's unclear whether Ebanks told the Dakich and McCallum of his decision during their visit, or possibly in the last two days since his season came to a close. It's also unknown whether IU could become a possibility once it has a permanent coach in place, or if Ebanks has closed to book on the Hoosiers altogether.

If Ebanks does wind up heading elsewhere, it will be a huge blow to an IU program that expects to lose its top two scorers from this year's team in Eric Gordon and D.J. White. Ebanks was expected to come in and be one of the team's primary scorers as a freshman, but the chances of that now appear remote at best.

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