In helping lead West Virginia to their first college basketball Final Four since 1958, extremely gangly (6-9, 205) forward Devin Ebanks helped his NBA Draft stock; or did he?
At the Final Four, Bob Huggins discussed why his two stars didn't leave school for "the league" right away. Da'Sean Butler stuck around all four years and Ebanks stayed in beautiful Morgantown for two.
"Da'Sean never thought about exploring the draft. That never crossed his mind," Huggie Bear said.
"Devin, a year ago, never thought about it. Devin had a meeting, because I think all the circulation that he was getting got him thinking about leaving. He came back and just said, how do we stop this? I mean, those guys never thought about exploring leaving," Huggins continued.
Well, what a difference a year makes. Today, the small forward appears to be in for good. His stock is more erratic than Goldman Sachs. He's been projected as high as the late-lottery but could easily fall to the late-twenties. He excelled at a program which stressed defense and rebounding, and if NBA scouts believe he can carry over his superlative abilites for both of those aspects of the game, it should serve him well.
"It's coach Huggins, really. In practice we work at it everyday. It shows how we work together; we're a tight knit group," Ebanks said about his ability to crash the boards in Indy.
His athleticism, length, great vision as a passer, long arms, leaping ability, skills in transition and abilty to defend multiple positions are his strong traits. However, his inconsistent outside shooting, terrible three-point shot, and desperate need to add muscle to his mosquito like frame will hurt his stock.
If there's a NBA coach who's looking to take a talented, versatile wing,"a point-forward project" if you will, and turn him into a player living up to his potential, they should draft Ebanks.
While we greatly differ on prospect rankings, something that should be assumed this early in the process, I see great thought was put into each pick and they all make sense when looked at through your perspective on the players. Great job!
Out of sheer boredom and the upcoming NBA draft has gotten me itching to make a new mock draft. Of course the NFL draft is a whole lot less predictable than the NBA draft, but also provides more success stories than the NBA draft. Again, I used schedules to determine each team's records and if you get upset with me just remember it's June and a whole lot can change by next April.