Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2010 12:44 pm
The Big East is losing two of its best underclassmen.
Syracuse's Wesley Johnson (according to the Syracuse Post-Standard ) and West Virginia's Devin Ebanks (according to sources) are making themselves available for the NBA Draft. Neither is expected to withdraw by the deadline. Both will make formal announcements later this week.
Johnson was a finalist for most National Player of the Year awards after averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He's a projected top 10 pick. Ebanks averaged 12.0 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He's a projected first-round pick.
The NBA Draft is June 24 in New York.
Posted on: December 26, 2009 6:36 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2009 6:41 pm
West Virginia blew a 10-point lead with less than a minute remaining.
Then Devin Ebanks missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.
Then the game went to overtime.
And it was clear, at that point, that Seton Hall would win Saturday's Big East opener because that's just the way these things work. When a team storms back to force overtime, that team has momentum. Add to that the homecourt advantage, and the smart money had the Pirates finishing West Virginia in the extra five minutes just like Kansas stormed back, forced overtime and finished Memphis in the extra five minutes of the 2008 national title game.
Again, that's just the way these things work.
But a funny thing happened on the way to that Seton Hall upset.
West Virginia remained calm, quickly jumped to a five-point lead in OT and won 90-84.
It was a non-verbal version of "We got this."
National Player of the Year candidate Da'Sean Butler and Ebanks (his more-talented-but-less-reliable teammate) combined to score 10 of West Virginia's 13 points in overtime, meaning those two alone outscored Seton Hall in the extra period; Butler assisted on the other bucket, a 3-pointer by Kevin Jones. But the most impressive thing was how the Mountaineers stayed poised despite the fact that they'd just blown a seemingly insurmountable lead, despite the fact that they were on CBS, despite the fact that they were in a road game with a crowd cheering against them.
That's the toughness people talk about when people talk about West Virginia.
So, yes, the collapse was troubling; no way around that. But how West Virginia responded confirmed what a lot of us have thought for a while, that these Mountaineers are solid enough to take Bob Huggins to his second Final Four.
Posted on: November 27, 2009 2:55 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2009 6:22 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Devin Ebanks made his first appearance of the season Friday, entering West Virginia's game against Texas A&M with 15:46 remaining in the first half. The score was tied 11-11 when Ebanks checked-in.
Ebanks -- who had missed the Mountaineers' first four games for what coach Bob Huggins described as "personal reasons" -- promptly made his first two field goal attempts, one from the right wing, the other from the left baseline. He finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in West Virginia's 73-66 victory.
The Mountaineers will play either Minnesota or Portland late Sunday in the 76 Classic title game.
(Click this link to read Thursday's column on Ebanks' situation.)
Posted on: November 26, 2009 4:44 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2009 8:50 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Despite dressing and participating in warm-ups, Devin Ebanks missed his third consecutive game Thursday for what has been described as "personal issues." Still, West Virginia cruised to an 85-62 victory over Long Beach State in the first round of the 76 Classic, and that's probably why he didn't play.
In other words, Huggins likely would've used Ebanks had the game been closer.
Huggins didn't deny as much in the postgame press conference.
But Ebanks' official status for Friday is still unclear, although the belief is that he'll play if West Virginia needs him. The Mountaineers are set to play Texas A&M in the semifinals. The championship game is Sunday night.
Posted on: May 18, 2008 3:57 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2008 4:25 pm
Sunday is turning out to be a big day in basketball recruiting.
Devin Ebanks has verbally committed to West Virginia.
Emmanuel Negedu has asked Arizona for a release.
That means one Top 50 player (Ebanks) is off the board and another (Negedu) is at least trying to get back on it.
So it's been a good day for West Virginia and a bad day for Arizona.
Assuming Arizona grants Negedu a release, the leading candidates to land him will be Tennessee and Indiana. If Negedu wants to play for a legitimate Final Four team, UT should be the spot. But if he wants to be a primary option from the start for a team that'll need him to be a star from the start, IU makes more sense because the Hoosiers will be seriously short-handed during Tom Crean's first season in charge.