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Friday / January 18.
  • Devin Ebanks Update

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    Ebanks_indianaDevin Ebanks continued his college visitation tour last weekend when he went to Texas, but the Ebanks camp is not making any public comments on the trip, according to Lawrence McGugins, Ebanks’ AAU coach.

    The 6-9 Ebanks has already been to West Virginia and will visit Rutgers this weekend and Memphis the weekend of May 9 before making his final decision.

    Recent Memphis commit Tyreke Evans said he had been working hard on recruiting both Ebanks and Wesley Witherspoon to join him under John Calipari.

    “After I announced I came up here and talked to Ebanks and he said he’s going to think about it and sit on it and see where he wants to go,” the 6-foot-5 Evans out of Aston (Pa.) American Christian said at the Jordan Brand Classic practices.

    Rutgers is bringing in a recruiting class of Mike Rosario, Christian Morris and Pat Jackson, and possibly Greg Echenique. The Scarlet Knights are also in the hunt for 6-7 Florida transfer Jonathan Mitchell (who played with RU freshman Mike Coburn at Mount Vernon but has not yet committed to RU despite an Internet report to the contrary). Asked if he thought these players could help change the perception of Rutgers, Ebanks said:

    “I definitely think that Rutgers is going to be probably Top 10 in the Big East and I think they’re going to be pretty good. And other kids that see that, they’re probably going to want to go there.

    “I played against Mike. He can just shoot it. Christian is just a beast down low. I’ve been with Chris since 9th grade. As long as they work hard, they’ll be all right.”

    And here are some comments from recruiting analyst Tom Konchalski on Ebanks and what he’ll bring to his new college:

    “Devin Ebanks is a guy who changes ends of the floor as well as anyone. That’s his greatest asset is his mobility. He’s an opportunist offensively. He runs the court really well. He has a lot of quickness and he can score. He has a knack for scoring. He can shoot the 3. He has quickness around the basket. He doesn’t move particularly well without the ball. He’s got to work a lot harder defensively. He’s made a lot of progress in the two years at St. Thomas More, learning to play harder for longer stretches and not taking plays off but he’s still got to work on his lack of focus.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.