BALTIMORE, Md. -- When you first glimpse David Erebor, the sophomore power forward at Mt. Carmel, the first thought may be Chris Wilcox.
Long, athletic and bouncy -- and not knowing just how good he could be -- Erebor oozes potential like the former Terps jumping-jack forward and NBA early entry.
Erebor, an exchange student from Nigeria who has starred in the classroom as well with a 4.2 weighted GPA in AP courses, is a modest, soft-spoken talent just breaking out on the scene.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pounder's frame is a bundle of sinewy muscle, and he's now in his second year at Mt. Carmel and getting started as a national recruit. Erebor averaged about eight points and eight rebounds a game this past season, while adding four blocks a game as well.
"I know my strength is defensively and my offense is coming gradually," Erebor said.
Maryland, Syracuse, Davidson and a host of others have been in contact and through the gym to check him out this season.
"Maryland, it's a great school. It's a honor to have them in touch with me. I think I could help a school like that starting with my defense," Erebor said.
Said his AAU coach Bub Carrington of Baltimore Elite of the well-rounded prospect:
"I like David a lot," Carrington said. "Honor student. And we have been away twice and he had [school] books both times we went away. Smart, respectful kid, and very grateful for the opportunity that he has. His defense is there, and if his offense catches up with his defense, well he is going to be a high-major player.
"On the floor, he's that rangy athlete, high motor, tough on defense guy. Everybody loves him. He is real fun to be with. He actually stayed with me one weekend before we went out of town and made his bed up and everything. Real good kid."
Erebor is indeed thankful for the opportunity to be playing stateside, and his game appears to be just breaking out. Like Wilcox, his game, though raw, has a lot of explosion/burst to it, starting at the defensive end as a shot swatter.
Erebor is still working on his low-post and back to the basket moves and finishes, while his suddenness on the blocks often results in dramatic follow-dunks and put-backs. He is expanding his game to be able to face and score more out to the wing. But there is no denying his length and the hop in his step, as all the physical tools are there.
"It's been great to play against this kind of competition in the United States. But I am more defensively right now [as far as strengths) a player, and offensively I am trying to extend my game more and more." Maybe be a 'stretch-four,'" Erebor said.
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