Maryland is on the lookout for another wing in its 2015 class, and apparently the Terps are taking a close look at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native Kobie Eubanks, a versatile 6-foot-5, 215-pounder who decommitted from Baylor Nov. 24. Eubanks, who is currently doing a post-grad year at Elev8 Sports Institute (Delray Beach, Fla.), posted on his Twitter account Dec. 7 that a UMD staff member had come to watch one of his practices and discuss how he “could possibly fit into their system.”
“Coach Dustin Clark from Maryland actually came down to see Kobie, but this wasn’t the first time Maryland had expressed interest in him,” Elev8 head coach Chad Myers said. “I had been in touch with [the Terps] because I coached Damonte Dodd when I was at Massanutten (Woodstock, Va.), and [Clark] came down before to watch Kobie play, so they’ve known about him. I don’t think [Maryland] ever got a real feel for him, but now there is definitely interest on both sides.
“I think [the Terps] have interest and Kobie has interest in them, but it’s still so early. Kobie hasn’t put together any lists or anything like that, because there’s been so many schools coming at him. When he decommitted from Baylor, it was just crazy, because he became one of the best players still out there [in the 2015 class]. So he’s still sorting through things with everyone trying to contact him.”
It may be early, but Eubanks will get his first look at Maryland Dec. 13. Elev8 is actually playing in a tournament at St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.), and the squad will arrive in the Old Line State Dec. 12. The next morning, the plan is to take Eubanks and Co. over to College Park, Md., in order to see the Terps’ 11 a.m. game against USC Upstate. Afterwards, Eubanks will likely meet with head coach Mark Turgeon and tour the campus before heading back to Baltimore for Elev8’s 8 p.m. game.
“He’s never been there before, so this will be a good opportunity for him to see what Maryland is like, talk to Coach Turgeon and see the school,” Myers said. “Like I said, it’s still early for him, but after he sees everything at Maryland and talks to [Turgeon], it could change a lot. We’ll have to see how it goes, but I think Kobie would be a good fit there. [Maryland] needs another wing-type of player, and Kobie fits that role well.”
Other schools in pursuit include UConn, Baylor, Virginia, Florida, Louisville, Wichita State and others. Eubanks does not have any other planned visits after UMD, however, and is still deciding which programs he wants to take a closer look at.
As for what he brings to the table, Myers called Eubanks a “shooter.”
“He can really shoot it, and he can score at all three levels: outside, mid-range and driving to the basket,” Myers said. “He gets to the rim and draws fouls, which has really helped us, but he’s always been known as a very good catch-and-shoot guy. He can pull-up and knock down a shot from 15 feet or from the outside, but he can also get inside and score underneath. And defensively, he’s improved a lot. He has all the capabilities of being a lockdown defender.
“Mostly he needs to work on his in-between game -- his ball-handling and his passing. He’s improving on that right now.”
Eubanks began his high school career at American Heritage in Plantation, Fla., before transferring to Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.), where he spent a year. Eubanks then decided to transfer to Elev8 in Delray, Fla., before committing to Baylor last March.
Instead of enrolling, however, he opted to do a post-grad year at Elev8. Myers said the “whole process of staying with [Elev8] another year” made Eubanks reconsider his commitment, and he ultimately opted to explore his options at the end of November.
“So right now Kobie is in the information-gathering stage, just seeing what all these programs have to offer,” Myers said. “Then after that, he’ll decide what visits to take. He doesn’t really have a timetable for making a decision.”
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