Devin Ebanks’ high school career now over; Memphis talk picks up steam

  • 03/05/2008 2:36 pm in

debanks.jpgLast week, Rick Bozich of the Louisville Courier-Journal heard rumblings about IU recruit Devin Ebanks backing out of his LOI with Indiana in favor of the Memphis Tigers. This week, with Ebanks’ high school career officially in the books, (his squad lost last night to Armon Bassett’s own Hargrave Military Academy 98-75) it’s looking like talk of Ebanks going elsewhere is intensifying.

Via Zagsblog:

It appears unlikely that the 6-foot-9 Ebanks, who had 22 points in the Hargrave game, will attend Indiana given the recent firing of Kelvin Sampson and a handful of schools appear to be in the running for his services, including Memphis, Rutgers and Texas.

St. Thomas More head coach Jere Quinn said he planned to meet later this week with Ebanks, his mother, Yvonne Jackson and Ebanks’ AAU people, including Lawrence McGugins, the head of Team Takeover.

“We’re going to try and make a quick assessment of what they’re trying to do,” Quinn said Wednesday by phone. “We’re hoping to get together soon.”

Memphis has made a push with Ebanks, and Quinn said that might be an option.

“Memphis has contacted us,” Quinn said. “I know they’ve contacted his AAU people.”

At this point, save for some Herculean effort by the IU coaching staff — and which coaching staff would that be? old or new? — it looks like Ebanks is peacing out of Bloomington before he even got there. And really, who can blame him. There’s a lot of talk about kids playing for “the name on the front of the jersey,” but I just don’t think that’s the case anymore. Kids come to schools because of the head coach and his staff first and foremost, everything else is just an added bonus.

Might want to ask Eric Gordon about that one.

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  • Chris

    No, the article states that his coach said Memphis contacted him and his AAU coach, not Ebanks himself. As well, Memphis was one of the main schools recruiting him before he committed here, so they were most likely just picking up where they left off.

    As much as I don't like to hear of talent leaving IU, Calipari runs a clean program in Memphis and we should give him his due.

  • Chris

    No, the article states that his coach said Memphis contacted him and his AAU coach, not Ebanks himself. As well, Memphis was one of the main schools recruiting him before he committed here, so they were most likely just picking up where they left off.

    As much as I don't like to hear of talent leaving IU, Calipari runs a clean program in Memphis and we should give him his due.

  • James D

    Let's not stoop to the level that Illinois did with us when EG came to Bloomington. We make ourselves look bad when we disparage everybody else. Calipari runs a first-rate program down there (definitely not a mid-major team even though they are in that league) and we should just let the kid decide for himself and move on. If he ends up deciding to stay, that's fine too.

    All of this is just an extension of the whole Sampson mess, and we'll deal with it and move on to rebuild next season and be fine.

  • James D

    Let's not stoop to the level that Illinois did with us when EG came to Bloomington. We make ourselves look bad when we disparage everybody else. Calipari runs a first-rate program down there (definitely not a mid-major team even though they are in that league) and we should just let the kid decide for himself and move on. If he ends up deciding to stay, that's fine too.

    All of this is just an extension of the whole Sampson mess, and we'll deal with it and move on to rebuild next season and be fine.

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  • Kevin

    Both Ebanks and Indiana agreed that if there was a coaching change than Ebanks would be let out of his LOI. In addition, we'll see some type of NCAA sanctions over this. A lot has changed since Ebanks signed his LOI.

  • Kevin

    Both Ebanks and Indiana agreed that if there was a coaching change than Ebanks would be let out of his LOI. In addition, we'll see some type of NCAA sanctions over this. A lot has changed since Ebanks signed his LOI.

  • Burn Master

    Memphis? Yes, Memphis. Basketball facilities? Fed Ex Forum–enough said. Academics? I went to Memphis and I know that hypocrisy is spelled with a “y” and not an “i”. Speaking of hypocrisy, it's interesting that another poster put down Memphis for losing in the Elite 8 the last two years, when your beloved Hoosiers failed to make the Sweet Sixteen. The real question is why would Ebanks have signed with Indiana in the first place. But, I guess we all know the real answer to that.

  • Burn Master

    Memphis? Yes, Memphis. Basketball facilities? Fed Ex Forum–enough said. Academics? I went to Memphis and I know that hypocrisy is spelled with a “y” and not an “i”. Speaking of hypocrisy, it's interesting that another poster put down Memphis for losing in the Elite 8 the last two years, when your beloved Hoosiers failed to make the Sweet Sixteen. The real question is why would Ebanks have signed with Indiana in the first place. But, I guess we all know the real answer to that.

  • TopDog

    Well, IU used to have a top program. Today, they can only wish that their program will one day be at the level of Memphis.

  • TopDog

    Well, IU used to have a top program. Today, they can only wish that their program will one day be at the level of Memphis.

  • Matt T

    so i guess that you would hate it if your coach picked up a player that is talking about decommiting. shit man its called being a great coach. pitino does it, so i guess he is a scumbag too. so shut up dude

  • Matt T

    so i guess that you would hate it if your coach picked up a player that is talking about decommiting. shit man its called being a great coach. pitino does it, so i guess he is a scumbag too. so shut up dude

  • Joseph P

    You guys are all a bit off target. From this article and everything else I've heard, Ebanks' HS and AAU coaches have reached out to Memphis, but there has been no contacting of anyone from Ebanks' side by Memphis to date.

    Calipari obviously knows the rules. He's hasn't coached for this long to not know how to handle NLI's.

  • Joseph P

    You guys are all a bit off target. From this article and everything else I've heard, Ebanks' HS and AAU coaches have reached out to Memphis, but there has been no contacting of anyone from Ebanks' side by Memphis to date.

    Calipari obviously knows the rules. He's hasn't coached for this long to not know how to handle NLI's.

  • Joseph P

    You guys are all a bit off target. From this article and everything else I've heard, Ebanks' HS and AAU coaches have reached out to Memphis, but there has been no contacting of anyone from Ebanks' side by Memphis to date.

    Calipari obviously knows the rules. He's hasn't coached for this long to not know how to handle NLI's.