Devin Ebanks Talks About His Offers

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – After Devin Ebanks left Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn this past spring, no one really knew just where the gifted 6-foot-8 wing would wind up. Reporter Russ Blake has the story from the Peach Jam ...

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – After Devin Ebanks left Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn this past spring, no one really knew just where the gifted 6-8 wing would wind up.

First, he transferred to the Patterson School in North Carolina. Then there were rumors he could ultimately wind up somewhere in New England, at a place like St. Thomas More.

When Ebanks played with the National Christian Academy team at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in late May, the smart money had him moving to the suburban Washington, D.C. school that launched the career of Texas incoming freshman Kevin Durant.

However, when Ebanks played at the Reebok ABCD Camp this past week, he was listed as a reclassified junior at the Patterson School.

"I will be at the Patterson School this fall," Ebanks said on Wednesday afternoon from the Nike Peach Jam Tournament. "The thing with National Christian was something that my dad had set up, so that's why I played with them at the Gibbons Tournament."

After leaving Loughlin in April, Ebanks said he finished up the school year at the Patterson School. The family decided that it would be in Devin's best interest to reclassify academically, so he's now a rising junior instead of a rising senior.

"Me and my family decided it would be best for me to mature both academically and basketball wise," Ebanks said.

A long, smooth and graceful athlete, the lanky 180 pound Ebanks has a good handle and shooting stroke for a 6-8 player. Thanks to his agility and athleticism, he's especially dangerous in transition.

Veteran New York talent scout Tom Konchalski of the HSBI Report feels that Ebanks has as much potential as anyone now that he's been reclassified to the Class of 2008.

"He has a really good shooting touch, and he's a fluid athlete who is an all-court player," he said. "He's skilled, he can handle the ball and get to the basket, but he must learn not to take plays off, not to cruise through games. He also has to get a little tougher and rebound the ball better."

Now that Ebanks has been reclassified, the recruiting process takes on a bit more of a muted look.

"Right now I would say that I am wide open," Ebanks said. "Prior to reclassifying, the only scholarship offers I had were from St. John's and Rutgers, but now, Miami, Virginia Tech and Seton Hall have all offered me since I reclassified." Style of play and location could be important deciding factors once Ebanks starts to whittle things down. "I am looking for a school who runs up and down and likes big guards like me," he said. "I would also like to stay somewhere on the East Coast."


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