Four Big East programs top No. 1 SF's list

LAS VEGAS – Devin Ebanks, the nation's top-rated junior small forward, put on an impressive display this week at Nike's Main Event in Las Vegas. A skilled 6'8 wing, Ebanks is drawing heavy interest from some of the nation's top programs and lists four Big East programs at the top of his list. Which schools standout for Ebanks? InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

When you play on the same team as highly regarded prospect Samardo Samuels you are going to have the chance to play in front of every high major coach in America.

Devin Ebanks, the top-rated small forward in the Class of 2008, took full advantage of the situation this week at Nike's Main Event in Las Vegas.

One day one of the Main Event, Ebanks scored 18 points and hauled down 6 rebounds against a very talented H-Squad team led by 6'7 Darrington Hobson. Ebanks scored on offensive rebounds, on the break, from the post, and the perimeter. It's that type of versatility that has the college coaches taking notice.

On day two, Ebanks had a nice battle with 6'8 George Goode from the Kansas City Keys. During the contest, the 6'8 Ebanks scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Goode, who says he hears a little from Louisville, lived up to his name scoring 28 points on a variety of dunks and three pointers to lead his team to victory.


Devin Ebanks had an outstanding
week at the Nike Main Event.

"We come out tough every game then we just slip, it comes down to fundamentals," Ebanks said. "Rebounding, boxing out, playing D the right way, and at the end we left a man open that we shouldn't have."

Despite the tough loss, Ebanks, who reclassified and will be a junior this coming fall, shared a little on his recruitment.

"Reclassifying gives me another year to mature academically and athletically," Ebanks said.

Ebanks, the MVP of the ABCD underclassmen game, said he is hearing from mostly Big East and ACC schools. He mentioned UConn, St. Johns, Rutgers and Louisville.

Ebanks said he's still sorting through the schools that are recruiting him and trying to do things the right way.

"Having another year just changes everything for me," said Ebanks, who is well on his way to cementing himself as one of the elite prospects nationally in his class.


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