Pitino visits Ebanks in NY; Cards gain points

Louisville coach Rick Pitino travelled to New York Wednesday to evaluate 6-foot-8 junior forward Devin Ebanks, Scout.com's 38th ranked prospect nationally. Pitino's visit caught Ebanks by surprise, but the Bishop Laughlin standout said the effort "gained points" for the Cardinals.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino made a special recruiting trip to New York Wednesday to watch Devin Ebanks, a talented 6-foot-8 junior forward from Bishop Loughlin High School, during a scrimmage.

"They're in my top five right now," Ebanks said of the Louisville, terming his interest in the Cardinals as "medium." St. John's, whom Ebanks called his current leader, N.C. State, Villanova and Iowa State round out his list of favorites.

"They're just showing me the most love right now," Ebanks said of the Red Storm.

Pitino's visit caught Ebanks by surprise. He said he was aware that a coach from Louisville was coming up to evaluate him, but just assumed the Cardinals would send an assistant, especially for a scrimmage.

"I was surprised at first," explained Ebanks, Scout.com's 38th ranked prospect and fifth-best small forward nationally. "I thought an assistant coach from Louisville was coming up and I didn't know Coach Pitino was going to be there. At first I didn't recognize him, but him being there shows me that Louisville is picking up their interest in me."

Thursday night, Ebanks led Bishop Loughlin to a win over St. Dominick. Ebanks said he hit six three-pointers and a couple of layups to finish with about "20-25 points." He averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds as a sophomore.

And while he's not overly familiar with Louisville's basketball program, Pitino's visit has piqued his interest to learn more about the Cardinals.

"They definitely gained some points," Ebanks said of the Cardinals. "I don't know much about Louisville right now, but I'm going to be doing my research on them. All I know really is Rick Pitino."

Louisville also appears to have another important ‘in' with Ebanks – his friendship with Cardinal signee Derrick Caracter.

"I was talking to Derrick recently and he was talking to me about coming to Louisville," said Ebanks, who plays in the same catholic league as another Louisville signee, Edgar Sosa.

Ebanks said he's not planning to take any unofficial visits during the season, but noted that he'd like to make visits to St. John's, Louisville and N.C. State before making his decision, perhaps sometime this spring. "Those are the only schools that stand out right now," he said.

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