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Mitchell to Announce Monday; Ebanks Down to 2 Schools
Jonathan Mitchell will announce his college choice on Monday, according to his uncle, Herb Mitchell.
He was initially supposed to announce today whether he had chosen Rutgers, Seton Hall or Marshall, but is now giving himself an additional couple of days.
The spring signing period ends May 21.
As for Devin Ebanks (above left), he will attend his graduation at St. Thomas More (Conn.) on Saturday and then come back to New York, where he is expected to make his college announcement Sunday at the IS8 championship in Queens.
According to Keith Easterwood, a longtime AAU coach and radio personality in Memphis who correctly called Tyreke Evans to Memphis, Ebanks will choose between Memphis and West Virginia.
“Sources at Memphis told me they think it’s them and West Virginia for Ebanks,” Easterwood said Friday by phone. “Obviously, (West Virginia coach Bob) Huggins has done a good job recruiting as well.”
If the Tigers don’t get Ebanks, Easterwood said they would stand pat with their scholarship.
“I think either way they’re done,” he said. “Rumor had some mess about DeMar Derozangetting out of his USC Letter of Intent but his mother is sick. I don’t think he’s going to leave the West Coast either way.”
Easterwood also says Pitt assistant Orlando Antigua remains the favorite for the Memphis assistant position vacated by Chuckie Martin. Georgetown assistant David Cox was on campus yesterday to interview for it as well. Tigers head coach John Calipari needs one more person to fill out his new-look staff that includes John Robic and former Arizona assistant Josh Pastner.
If no decision on that comes before Sunday, Ebanks’ decision will obviously be independent of the Memphis coaching situation.
Memphis AD RC Johnson also denied rumors that the school had been in discussions about joining the Big East. The falsity of these rumors was first reported here at ZAGSBLOG on Thursday.
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