Elev8 Prep Academy (Delray, Fla.) made the trip up the East Coast Dec. 12-14 for a tournament at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Md., but before the games began the team stopped by College Park, Md., for a visit. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon and Co. hosted the emerging Florida prep school, allowing them to see the Xfinity Center, while showing several of the prime recruits the campus and facilities.
That includes the recently-bandied-about class of 2015 wing, Kobie Eubanks, who has become one of the most-sought-after unsigned prospects since he decommitted from Baylor in late November. The 6-foot-5 Eubanks actually received a firm Terps offer while on campus, and said he now has committable scholarships from UMD and Oregon, while numerous others have shown heavy interest.
“Oh yeah, I was real excited about it. Coach Turgeon was like, ‘We have a real need for you, man. We really need someone who can come in and score and be a big-time player for us,’” said Eubanks, who committed to Baylor as a 2014 recruit before an academic situation forced him to do a post-grad year at Elev8. “He was telling me how I need to come back up there for an official visit. And that’s something I’m thinking about. But I haven’t put [Maryland] on my list yet, because I still have all these schools coming at me, and I have to get that all situated. But I definitely did like what I saw there.”
In particular, Eubanks said he connected with the Maryland staff and a couple current players. He also lauded the College Park campus, calling it a “real nice place,” as well as the Xfinity Center.
“The visit went real good. I had a good time,” said Eubanks, who was joined by another potential Terps target, senior guard Jamall Gregory. “Just practicing there, that was really cool. Their arena is really nice; I really liked it. Then meeting a couple players and all that – they were cool.
“And, like, Coach Turgeon, he was talking about the environment there and how they take care of their players, and how the players take care of each other. Then he was talking about their system and how guys fit in, and he talked about how I would fit in. He said he doesn’t want a role player – he wants an impact player. He wants someone who can step in right away, play like 28 minutes or more, and go out and get it done.”
So, what did Eubanks think of Turgeon’s comments?
“I did like what he was saying; that’s what I’m looking to do at the next level,” he said. “Maryland fits my situation and what I’m looking for, but, like I said, we just have to see how it goes.”
Eubanks didn't get to see Maryland's game against USC Upstate Dec. 13, but he has watched the Terps on TV before. He said he likes their style and sees himself as a playmaker in Turgeon's system.
In addition, the Terps have several other factors working in their favor moving forward. First of all, Eubanks said he has relatives in Prince George’s County, which would make the college transition easier. Second, and perhaps more significantly, his head coach, Chad Myers (the former headman and Massanutten in Woodstock, Va.), already sent one player Turgeon’s way in Damonte Dodd and has plenty of respect for his program.
“Oh yeah, Coach likes Maryland and said the coaches there are great guys,” Eubanks said. “He was pretty hyped to be see the facility and practice at Maryland too.”
The Terps will undoubtedly make a concerted effort, but Eubanks said he has plenty of visits still to make and suitors to entertain. He said Michigan, Missouri, Louisville, UCLA, Providence, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Florida State, Kansas, UConn and USC have all shown “high, high interest” and could offer at any time.
“Right now I don’t have any leaders or favorites. I’m still going through the process and seeing what school can develop me the most and help me become an elite player,” said Eubanks, who doesn’t plan to select his school until February. “I have to see what schools really want me there, and then take some visits. I haven’t set anything else up yet, though, because I’m in the middle of the season. That’s the main focus right now.”
Eubanks mentioned that he envisions himself as a “two-guard” at the next level. He said his main strength is shooting and scoring, while he’s in the process of developing his handle, passing and making better in-game decisions.
“I’m getting there,” Eubanks said. “I think I’ve been doing pretty good so far, but I’m working to get better.”
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