Dave Telep talks Ebanks, Mackey and Roth

  • 09/19/2007 7:04 pm in

Bud MackeyAs you know, Inside the Hall recently caught up with Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep to talk IU recruiting. We asked Dave for the lowdown on the 2008 recruiting class and here’s what he had to say.

On Devin Ebanks:
“Ebanks is special. He’s 6’7″ or 6’8″, can handle the basketball, he plays on the perimeter and he’s just a really, really big wing player. He has a chance to be a special player that can make money at this game.”

On Bud Mackey:
“He’s really an intriguing prospect. He hasn’t defined himself as a point guard or a shooting guard just yet. He’s a talented kid. He’s got one of those live, wiry bodies. He’s got a big ceiling to get better and he’s pretty good. As good of a player as he is, he’s probably the same level prospect.

On Matt Roth:
“I’ve always thought that college basketball tries to imitate and copy each other when people have success. I think everybody looked at Lee Humphrey for Florida the last two years and if you were a good team who figured that you could make a run in the NCAA Tournament, at that point you looked at Lee Humphrey and said ‘we’ve got to get a guy like that’. Matt Roth was brought in to make three-point shots for the Indiana Hoosiers. Preferrably for them in the NCAA Tournament. I think that’s what his role will be.”

(Editor’s Note: Tom Pritchard is not included because we talked to Dave before he committed to IU.)

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  • kelin

    I wonder if any of these guys will be at Midnight Madness….

    Does anyone know roughly when the “basketball part” of Hoosier Hysteria will begin? I really don’t want to go to a volleyball game and sit there…..I really don’t no offense to IU volleyballers!

  • kelin

    I wonder if any of these guys will be at Midnight Madness….

    Does anyone know roughly when the “basketball part” of Hoosier Hysteria will begin? I really don’t want to go to a volleyball game and sit there…..I really don’t no offense to IU volleyballers!

  • Alan

    When Dave Telep said of Bud Mackey, “He’s probably the same level prospect.” did he mean that Mackey is the same level prospect as Devin Ebanks? This is what I think he meant, but I am not certain.

    Thanks.

  • Alan

    When Dave Telep said of Bud Mackey, “He’s probably the same level prospect.” did he mean that Mackey is the same level prospect as Devin Ebanks? This is what I think he meant, but I am not certain.

    Thanks.

  • kelin

    Does anyone have a comparison for Bud Mackey. I know I have heard the Ebanks, carmello comparisons…..I will say again don’t be surprised if EJ is still at IU next year to play with Ebanks

  • kelin

    Does anyone have a comparison for Bud Mackey. I know I have heard the Ebanks, carmello comparisons…..I will say again don’t be surprised if EJ is still at IU next year to play with Ebanks

  • Big A

    Alan,

    I think Dave meant that as good as Mackey is right now, he’s got a very high ceiling as well. At least that’s the way I interpreted it.

  • Big A

    Alan,

    I think Dave meant that as good as Mackey is right now, he’s got a very high ceiling as well. At least that’s the way I interpreted it.

  • Big A

    Alan,

    I think Dave meant that as good as Mackey is right now, he’s got a very high ceiling as well. At least that’s the way I interpreted it.

  • b-side

    Kelin, I’ve heard Ebanks is in the same mold as Rudy Gay (i.e. long, lean and a stud athlete). Melo had a much more mature body as a freshman in terms of strength as well as a certain killer instinct that can’t be taught. Not sure it’s fair to put that much pressure on Ebanks to have the same effect on our team as Melo did for Syracuse. Although, I can’t say the same thing about EJ — we do expect the world from him!

  • b-side

    Kelin, I’ve heard Ebanks is in the same mold as Rudy Gay (i.e. long, lean and a stud athlete). Melo had a much more mature body as a freshman in terms of strength as well as a certain killer instinct that can’t be taught. Not sure it’s fair to put that much pressure on Ebanks to have the same effect on our team as Melo did for Syracuse. Although, I can’t say the same thing about EJ — we do expect the world from him!

  • b-side

    Kelin, I’ve heard Ebanks is in the same mold as Rudy Gay (i.e. long, lean and a stud athlete). Melo had a much more mature body as a freshman in terms of strength as well as a certain killer instinct that can’t be taught. Not sure it’s fair to put that much pressure on Ebanks to have the same effect on our team as Melo did for Syracuse. Although, I can’t say the same thing about EJ — we do expect the world from him!

  • Big A

    I’ve also heard the Ebanks-Rudy Gay comparison and that’s a pretty good player to be compared to.

    As far as a comparison for Mackey, I had a hard time coming up with one. Mackey himself said he’s a better shooting version of Rajon Rondo, which I can buy into somewhat.

  • Big A

    I’ve also heard the Ebanks-Rudy Gay comparison and that’s a pretty good player to be compared to.

    As far as a comparison for Mackey, I had a hard time coming up with one. Mackey himself said he’s a better shooting version of Rajon Rondo, which I can buy into somewhat.

  • kelin

    My mom is a better shooter than Rajon Rondo!

  • kelin

    My mom is a better shooter than Rajon Rondo!