Hoosiers land a big one in Ebanks

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The big-time players are quickly taking themselves off the recruiting board. Wing forward Devin Ebanks is the latest to find a collegiate home. The 6-foot-8 prospect is headed to Indiana University.
Ebanks, who hails from St. Thomas More (Conn.) via New York City, said he loved the tradition of the Hoosier program and looks forward to stepping into the rich history.
"IU basketball bleeds basketball," Ebanks said. "The live and die that stuff. They really support their players and they have a rich history there. I'm a big basketball fan so it's going to be nice to play around people that love the game."
Ebanks, the No. 11 ranked player in the country, is the third player to commit to the Big Ten program in the class of 2008. Eshaunte Jones and Bud Mackey are also committed to the Hoosiers. Ebanks said he is looking forward to blending in with the team and learning from Kelvin Sampson.
"He told me he liked what he saw of me on tape and he plans on focusing on my defense when I get there so I can become the total, all-around player," Ebanks said. "Offensively, he said he is going to let me go on offense and go from there."
Similarly built like Kevin Durant and perimeter oriented like the former Longhorn, Ebanks said he hopes to have an impact much like the outbound Big 12 player of the year.
"That's real important. I'm wanted to find a place where I could maximize my potential and I think I found that," Ebanks said. "I know I'm going to be successful."
Ebanks also considered Rutgers and Miami.