Ebanks still a Hoosier – for now

  • 02/23/2008 12:13 pm in

Devin EbanksThe New York Daily News had a small piece on IU’s prized recruit from the 2008 class, Devin Ebanks, regarding his future at IU and his thoughts on Kelvin Sampson’s departure:

Devin Ebanks is “still committed” – for now. Ebanks, who’s finishing his post-grad year at the St. Thomas More School, heard about Sampson’s dismissal on television and also received a phone call from his mom.

“I’m disappointed,” he said.

The 6-8 swingman said he’ll decide whether to stay at Indiana or leave in “three weeks or so,” after the season. The school finishes the season in the National Prep Championship at Fordham on Mar. 4-6. “Trying to find another school … that’s not my focus,” Ebanks said. “I wouldn’t look forward to that.”

Call me overly optimistic, but I still think there’s a chance Ebanks comes to Bloomington. He chose Indiana over Rutgers and Miami and unless he decides to re-open his recruitment and start over, Indiana is still the best option of the three schools. Rick Greenspan said last night that he hopes the staff will continue to be in contact with IU’s four signed players in hopes of keeping them in the Hoosier family. After that, it’ll be up to the new coach to make the final sell.

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  • Mark

    De-vin E-banks, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap.

  • Mark

    De-vin E-banks, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap.

  • kelin

    Devin I agree Indiana is the place for you…..

    Sincerely and with love Coach Anthony Grant or Coach Sean Miller

  • kelin

    Devin I agree Indiana is the place for you…..

    Sincerely and with love Coach Anthony Grant or Coach Sean Miller

  • Micheal Hermon

    please ebanks if you come it will take away so much pain

  • Micheal Hermon

    please ebanks if you come it will take away so much pain

  • tberry

    Let's hope he waits to do anything until we hire our new coach and he can get to know him.

    IU must immediately start trying to take the coaching uncertainty away. Not knowing who the coach will be will be the worse thing that will happen to recruiting.

    Having said that, I hope we don’t rush off and hire and emotional, PC, Knight crony as coach, just to get the spot filled.

  • tberry

    Let's hope he waits to do anything until we hire our new coach and he can get to know him.

    IU must immediately start trying to take the coaching uncertainty away. Not knowing who the coach will be will be the worse thing that will happen to recruiting.

    Having said that, I hope we don’t rush off and hire and emotional, PC, Knight crony as coach, just to get the spot filled.

  • kelin

    That is the tough spot, we really can't hire a coach until the NCAA tourney is over. If we even start talking to someone now it will get out and disrupt that coaches team…Tough situtation to be in……

  • kelin

    That is the tough spot, we really can't hire a coach until the NCAA tourney is over. If we even start talking to someone now it will get out and disrupt that coaches team…Tough situtation to be in……

  • jgongora86

    anthony grant would love this type of kid. hard working, and a good slasher that would fit perfectly into his offense. I'm telling you That coach could put us on the map again. He's a gem in the waiting, and the timing is right.

  • jgongora86

    anthony grant would love this type of kid. hard working, and a good slasher that would fit perfectly into his offense. I'm telling you That coach could put us on the map again. He's a gem in the waiting, and the timing is right.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I think it gives IU an advantage that the opening already exists. If they do the search right, there shouldn't be any problem. Look at what Minny pulled off last year by hiring Tubby. But you have to be smart about it, Michigan blew it with Les Miles last month, and we don't want anything like that to happen.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I think it gives IU an advantage that the opening already exists. If they do the search right, there shouldn't be any problem. Look at what Minny pulled off last year by hiring Tubby. But you have to be smart about it, Michigan blew it with Les Miles last month, and we don't want anything like that to happen.

  • Timmy

    BAM has already put in a call to Devin.

  • Timmy

    BAM has already put in a call to Devin.

  • Micheal Hermon

    whats bam

  • Micheal Hermon

    whats bam

  • i agree, hopefully he's high up on IU's list.

  • i agree, hopefully he's high up on IU's list.

  • Tom

    Ebanks and Holloway are both borderline academically. I am not sure Holloway is qualified yet and Ebanks may not be either. So there is more than one reason to be worried about them.

  • Tom

    Ebanks and Holloway are both borderline academically. I am not sure Holloway is qualified yet and Ebanks may not be either. So there is more than one reason to be worried about them.

  • Nick

    Okay, I hate to be the pessimist here, but could someone explain to me why the heck KS cheated in the first place to get four players, the best of whom is a player that chose us over Rutgers and Miami. Now, I'm not a basketball analyst by no means, but I don't remember Rutgers or Miami being named recently as a recruiting powerhouse. So why are we so excited about four kids who picked Indiana over schools like these? If KS was going to cheat you would at least think he would've picked up a couple players that were on Duke's list, or even UK or UNC!!!

  • Nick

    Okay, I hate to be the pessimist here, but could someone explain to me why the heck KS cheated in the first place to get four players, the best of whom is a player that chose us over Rutgers and Miami. Now, I'm not a basketball analyst by no means, but I don't remember Rutgers or Miami being named recently as a recruiting powerhouse. So why are we so excited about four kids who picked Indiana over schools like these? If KS was going to cheat you would at least think he would've picked up a couple players that were on Duke's list, or even UK or UNC!!!

  • b_side

    Ebanks is a Top 20 recruit. Just because the schools being discussed aren't top tier programs doesn't mean the kid can't play. The best players don't all choose Duke or UNC because some of them want to actually play their freshman year.

    I'm sure Rutgers was appealing because it's in the tri-state area. Don't have a case why Miami would be appealing, but I imagine he and his mother developed a nice relationship with the coach.

    You want the next Rudy Gay or not? I do.

  • b_side

    Ebanks is a Top 20 recruit. Just because the schools being discussed aren't top tier programs doesn't mean the kid can't play. The best players don't all choose Duke or UNC because some of them want to actually play their freshman year.

    I'm sure Rutgers was appealing because it's in the tri-state area. Don't have a case why Miami would be appealing, but I imagine he and his mother developed a nice relationship with the coach.

    You want the next Rudy Gay or not? I do.

  • Nick

    I'm not saying the kid can't play . . . I'm just wondering why Sampson had to cheat at Indiana (obviously a big name program) to recruit these four guys while I'm watching Wake Forest and Georgetown clear four top 100 players!!! That's all I'm questioning . . . you'd think that if he was gonna cheat we'd be looking at a recruiting class like Florida's or UCLA's!!! Check those guys out!!!

  • Nick

    I'm not saying the kid can't play . . . I'm just wondering why Sampson had to cheat at Indiana (obviously a big name program) to recruit these four guys while I'm watching Wake Forest and Georgetown clear four top 100 players!!! That's all I'm questioning . . . you'd think that if he was gonna cheat we'd be looking at a recruiting class like Florida's or UCLA's!!! Check those guys out!!!

  • Micheal Hermon

    well there is a good chance that this kid will only play one year….miami is nice weather and rutgers is closer to home I believe plus they have a pretty good gaurd. Why do kids like beasley and mayo end up at usc or kansas state. Recruiting is a bitch. We probably have a tuff time getting players because of all the bs in the last 10 years.

  • Micheal Hermon

    well there is a good chance that this kid will only play one year….miami is nice weather and rutgers is closer to home I believe plus they have a pretty good gaurd. Why do kids like beasley and mayo end up at usc or kansas state. Recruiting is a bitch. We probably have a tuff time getting players because of all the bs in the last 10 years.

  • Jay

    Agreed. But before we even hire a coach, the IU President should call ALL the recruits, and their families. Jet out to see them, too. That would send a powerful message, and show great respect to the recruits and their parents.

  • Jay

    Agreed. But before we even hire a coach, the IU President should call ALL the recruits, and their families. Jet out to see them, too. That would send a powerful message, and show great respect to the recruits and their parents.

  • Nick

    Is it true that none of IU's recruits coming in made the MacDonald's All-American team recently announced??? That's just what I heard.

  • Nick

    Is it true that none of IU's recruits coming in made the MacDonald's All-American team recently announced??? That's just what I heard.

  • Uh, I think the president has other stuff to worry about other than flying to NYC to see Devin. You know, like…being president of a major university.

    Perspective is a good thing.

  • Uh, I think the president has other stuff to worry about other than flying to NYC to see Devin. You know, like…being president of a major university.

    Perspective is a good thing.

  • ZachH

    http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/story/7831220/Samp

    “I did have something in place that allows me to be released if Coach Sampson wasn't there,” Ebanks said. “I'm going to use that to explore other options and I still want to wait and see who Indiana hires full-time, but I am going to talk things over with my mother and my coaches and go from there.”

    Harmony Community School (Ohio) pass-first point guard Terrell Holloway also has a provision that allows him to get out of his letter-of-intent and a source close to Holloway indicated that “he is likely to go elsewhere.”

  • ZachH

    http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/story/7831220/Samp

    “I did have something in place that allows me to be released if Coach Sampson wasn't there,” Ebanks said. “I'm going to use that to explore other options and I still want to wait and see who Indiana hires full-time, but I am going to talk things over with my mother and my coaches and go from there.”

    Harmony Community School (Ohio) pass-first point guard Terrell Holloway also has a provision that allows him to get out of his letter-of-intent and a source close to Holloway indicated that “he is likely to go elsewhere.”

  • JamesHardy

    “Don't have a case why Miami would be appealing…”

    DUDE…HAVE YOU SEEN THE WOMEN DOWN THERE????

  • JamesHardy

    “Don't have a case why Miami would be appealing…”

    DUDE…HAVE YOU SEEN THE WOMEN DOWN THERE????

  • JamesHardy

    all i can say is this…we were given our preverbial cake…and NOW we all want to eat it too! Shame on us! I was one of the most outspoken critics of KS…and still am. However, I'm glad he's gone. But with him being gone is the fact that recruits might leave. My great grandma used to say…”Birds of a feather, flock together.” That may very well be true here. If Ebanks and the other recruits wanna bail…let them bail. IF that is the price we as Hoosier fans have to pay for KS being gone, I know I will take it. Who's to say that any of these recruits fit into the system of whomever the next coach is? I look at Ryan Mallett of Michigan..uh er…Arkansas…uh where ever the hell he is now…If we hire the right guy, he's going to want his type of player. Who's to say that Ebanks will fit into our new coach's system? Just a thought to ponder for all of us that are proclaiming this kid the next 'Melo, or Durant or Oden or insert “over-hyped” high school senior here….

  • JamesHardy

    all i can say is this…we were given our preverbial cake…and NOW we all want to eat it too! Shame on us! I was one of the most outspoken critics of KS…and still am. However, I'm glad he's gone. But with him being gone is the fact that recruits might leave. My great grandma used to say…”Birds of a feather, flock together.” That may very well be true here. If Ebanks and the other recruits wanna bail…let them bail. IF that is the price we as Hoosier fans have to pay for KS being gone, I know I will take it. Who's to say that any of these recruits fit into the system of whomever the next coach is? I look at Ryan Mallett of Michigan..uh er…Arkansas…uh where ever the hell he is now…If we hire the right guy, he's going to want his type of player. Who's to say that Ebanks will fit into our new coach's system? Just a thought to ponder for all of us that are proclaiming this kid the next 'Melo, or Durant or Oden or insert “over-hyped” high school senior here….

  • Go Hoosiers

    Listen here Devin, you better fuckin sign with the GOD DAMN Hoosiers or i will personally ASSASINATE your Nigger Ass……..

  • Go Hoosiers

    Listen here Devin, you better fuckin sign with the GOD DAMN Hoosiers or i will personally ASSASINATE your Nigger Ass……..

  • Brian

    What the fuck is that Go Hoosiers? You are idiot!

  • Brian

    What the fuck is that Go Hoosiers? You are idiot!

  • Ripplehoosier

    go hoosiers: classy, classy, classy……. that wonderful Martinsville upbringing will certainly make Ebanks feel right at home in Hoosierland.

  • Ripplehoosier

    go hoosiers: classy, classy, classy……. that wonderful Martinsville upbringing will certainly make Ebanks feel right at home in Hoosierland.

  • Ripplehoosier

    go hoosiers: classy, classy, classy……. that wonderful Martinsville upbringing will certainly make Ebanks feel right at home in Hoosierland.