If the gate is open to the blacktop court across the street from Devin Ebanks home in Queens, N.Y., you can almost expect to see the 6-foot-8 forward out there fine tuning his game.
"It gets real quiet sometimes at night and you can hear the ball through the streets," Ebanks said. "I've heard people yelling at me, telling me to go home but I just stay out there playing."
That time spent has helped the No. 48 ranked player in the class of 2007 raise his level of play to another level. Now at Bishop Loughlin High School, Ebanks is playing like he did at the ABCD camp. That's where he broke on the national scene.
"I had a chance to showcase my whole game there," Ebanks said. "I feel like I'm playing well this year with my team. I try to do a little bit of everything; rebound, score, pass, play defense. I want to do it all. It doesn't matter to me where, inside, outside. I just want to play."
His length, shooting touch and raw potential has brought out the high majors. A number of coaches have been out to see him play this year, including Rick Pitino. As have coaches from NC State, New Mexico, Rutgers, Pitt, St. John's and Virginia Tech.
Ebanks maintains that he is open in the recruiting process but says Florida, Louisville, NC State, New Mexico, Rutgers, South Carolina, St. John's, Texas, UConn, Villanova, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest all dot his long and growing list.
"I'm not really even thinking about recruiting," Ebanks said. "Most of the coaches tell me to keep working and keep getting better."