Devin Ebanks' Resurgence

        Last season, Devin Ebanks played great down the stretch, earning him a spot on the 2009 Big East All-Tournament Team and making him a 2010 Preseason All-Conference selection. His 6'9" frame and elite athleticism had him on the watch lists all of the NBA teams to start the college season. He is an excellent defender and an improving offensive player. He can handle the ball, shoot from the outside, and rebound with the best of them. But this season, "streaky" is one word that can describe Ebanks' play. He began the season as our #1 rated small forward before dropping as low as sixth during his poor play.

        Not only has he struggled shooting the ball, but also even staying on the court at times - earlier this season, he missed time for "personal reasons" before later being benched in the 2nd half of a Notre Dame game. He had taken a backseat to West Virginia's budding star, Kevin Jones. But, as of late, Ebanks has looked as if he gained back his late-2009 form, when he was one of the best players in the Big East.

        Ebanks has played exceptional in the last seven games, stringing together six consecutive double-digit scoring games; he is averaging 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists per game. He has shown the ability to consistently hit his mid-range jumper, but has only attempted one three-point shot during these seven games. Like late last season, Ebanks runs West Virginia's offense at times, creating an offensive mismatch with his size and skill. That's what NBA front offices are drooling over. How many 6'9" point guard are there? Ebanks can play the 1 through 4, but needs to improve his 3-point shot. He has missed his last 12 attempts and is shooting just 11% on the season. With another strong finish, Ebanks has the size and talent to potentially be a lottery pick again.

By Corey Ruff - President - 2-23-10