Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Devin Ebanks has opted to play hoops at Rutgers.
Well, for today at least.
The 6-9 Ebanks will play in a 1 o’clock pickup game with potential future teammates at The Barn, the old Rutgers gym that was ultimately replaced by the RAC.
Ebanks, a native of Long Island City, N.Y., is visiting Rutgers this weekend in what is the third of four visits he is taking since asking for his release from Indiana in the wake of the Kelvin Sampson recruiting scandal.
Ebanks has already visited West Virginia and Texas and plans to visit Memphis next weekend. Memphis has already gotten commitments from 6-5 shooting guard Tyreke Evans and 6-8 wing Wesley Witherspoon, so Ebanks could either opt to join those talented players or decide that he wants to go somewhere where he can be more of a featured player.
“I still haven’t decided where I’m going yet but wherever I go I’m going to work hard and do the right thing,” Ebanks recently told Slamonline.com for his diary. “I’m at the same place I was at before with this school decision. As soon as I decide y’all will find out.”
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.”
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.