Ebanks sets visits

Amid reports that Terrell Holloway has signed with Xavier, the other former Indiana commit who escaped his scholarship has set up visits to the four schools he is now considering.

Devin Ebanks, a 6-9 high-scoring wing out of New York City, will begin his visits this weekend with a trip to West Virginia. He’ll play in the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game a week later, then take weekend trips to Texas, then Rutgers before ending his tour on May 9 with a visit to the campus of the national runner-up, Memphis.

He plans on making a decision shortly after that visit.

Though Ebanks has been in contact with new Indiana coach Tom Crean, it looks like a re-commitment to Indiana is unlikely. Sources in New York say that Ebanks has been scared off by the unstable situation in Bloomington.

His AAU coach, Lawrence McGugins, said that Ebanks still loves the Indiana fans and appreciates the history of the university.

“It’s really just a shame what happened there,” he said. “This isn’t a fun process for us. There were a lot of strong ties there. But you only really get one chance to get this right, and we need to do what’s best.”

Ebanks was the highest ranked of Indiana’s 2008 recruits (Rivals considers him the No. 13 player in the country) and was expected to fill part of scoring void left by the departures of D.J. White and Eric Gordon.

Indiana’s incoming class is now down to forward Tom Pritchard and guard Matt Roth, neither of whom are ranked by Rivals.com.

10 comments

  1. Fearless Prediction: Devin Ebanks will commit to the University of Texas. They have incredible facilities in Austin, and Rick Barnes with sell Devin on how he can be come the next Kevin (Durant). After Calipari’s meltdown in the championship game, Memphis is due to have a psychological letdown next season and Ebanks is another one-and-doner! Thus, if Augustine stays at UT, look for the ‘Horns to be in the Final Four next year…

  2. Do not sell Tom Pritchard short. He is a horse to handle and has a nose for the ball. He will be a great rebounder and a guy we can count on for the future. I know he may not be ranked but he is flying under the radar right now. Hopefully coach will visit with him because when he goes to these all star/summer games and these coaches see what he can do they will try to steal him. He will fill our need for a #4 power forward. Watch him play if you get a chance. He is a keeper!

  3. Pritchard will be better then a #4 PF, even as a freshman. Kid has a Kyle Taber like motor, which is a compliment, but he can also work the post, shoot with decent range, and rebound well. He will be a solid 4 year player, and I hope plays more than DeAndre Thomas and Kyle Taber, b/c D sucks and he is just better than Taber

    I don’t think Ebanks is a one and done. Just because he is ranked highly by rivals does not mean he is one and done. This incoming freshman class is not nearly as good as the past 2, so you will see less freshman declaring for the NBA. Ebanks is pretty good, but he wasn’t even a McDonald’s All-American. That said I respect Ebanks for at least being open about this whole thing and not leading IU on. I can’t blame him in the slightest for backing out of his LOI based on everything that has happened here. He has to do what is best for him, and like they said, he only gets one chance to get it right. I think he will pick Texas although don’t count out WVU

    The good side to all of this is that Crean will have more scholarships next year to recruit his type of players. Hopefully one of his type of players is Lance Stephenson. That kid is a stud that will make Ebanks look like a scrub

  4. Jordan Crawford could easily average 20+ points next season if he dedicates himself to it, playing time will be plentiful. He probably needs to get his academics in order as well (only speculating).
    AB and JE really need to change their attitudes and show TC that they are serious about returning to the squad and representing IU. I really don’t see how we could even field a team without them despite their issues.

  5. i watched pritchard play about 5 games this past year. a couple of things stood out about him. 1 – he’s not the brightest bulb in the box. 2 – he has pretty good hands. 3 – he can’t shoot from anywhere outside of 6 feet. 4 – he’s even more foul prone than big d.

    not to say these things can’t be corrected, but i’m more interested in watching holman and mcgee next year than pritchard

  6. Yeah, about that. Next year teams may actually take Purdoo seriously. No more sneaking up on folks. I see a sub .500 conference year for the Boilpickers. Might beat us, though. I wouldn’t bet the farm.

  7. Hey purdue guys! The INDIANA & purdue football game from Nov.2007 is being re-played on the big ten network. Hee,Hee !!!

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