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Enough With The No-Name Recruits

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Seriously, when is CBH going to start earning his money and recruit real players to Morgantown? Maybe it's not possible, considering Beilein said it couldn't be done.

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Oh. Nevermind.

Devin Ebanks, a top 25 player (or top 10, depending on who you ask), has committed to the Mountaineers. Outside of guys like West and Hundley -- don't let me hear you say Hargett -- Ebanks is the most heralded recruit to ever sign with the Mountaineers.

The comparisons on Ebanks are staggering.

Rudy Gay and Kevin Durant? Check.

"To me, he’s like a Rudy Gay or a Kevin Durant," said AAU coach Lawrence McGuggins. "He’s just a very skilled player who causes problems with his size and his ability."


Scottie Pippen? Check.

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Carmelo Anthony?


Not quite yet.

Besides playing in some gyms that most resemble my basement, Ebanks' game looks silky smooth. He is a fantastic ball handler, both slippery off the dribble and without the ball. His jump shooting is also a huge strength, with range extending past the perimeter. And oh yeah, he can jump.

Both his dunking and shot-blocking look effortless, two qualities that instantly recall his (hopeful) teammate, Joe Alexander. Considering his wingspan is over 7'0", he has the athleticism and length to play between the 2 and 4 in college.

That will allow CBH a great deal of lineup flexibility. Lineups that could look something like this:

With Alexander:


  1. Mazzulla

  2. Ruoff

  3. Butler

  4. Ebanks

  5. Alexander


Without Alexander:


  1. Mazzulla

  2. Ruoff

  3. Butler

  4. Ebanks

  5. Smith