Ebanks is playing well in his debut this season. 6 points on 2-2 fg and 2-2 from the line with a block and 4 rebounds in the early going in the A@M game, he is a difference maker when he is on the court, and playing very aggressively and showing good activity. He is still rail thin and needs to put on some weight, but it looks good for West Virginia and Devin Ebanks for the rest of the season.
I'm watching the game as well he looks soild. I like how he is demanding the ball and not just going trough the motions even though he has just returned.
I'm also watching Ebanks today, on ESPN.
The kid just looks like a NBA player, how he moves, those little baseline fadeaways are beautiful. He can run and jump that's forsure.
I also don't think he looks as rail thin as he used too. He has a little meat on his bones compared to guys like corey brewer/manny harris - whom I'd consider "rail thin".
Ebanks when he grows into that body, if he matures (some questions about it) - could be a great player.
He's like a young Trevor Ariza to me, I think he'll be a lockdown defender in the NBA. And that will be what he's known for.
Yea the commentators said that, but I see him as a big difference maker immediately. Plus unlike Ariza he can play the 3 and the 4, and can probably guard the 2,3,and 4's. On D I see the comparison, but on O he can post up a little, shoot, take you off the dribble, but most importantly he can be a matchup problem on the offensive side of the ball, and Ariza can not.
I don't see Ebanks being able to do much of that in the NBA, he will make a living off of fast breaks and spot up shots from what I see. I seriously doubt he'll be a factor creating shots for himself in the NBA, especially early in his career. But he'll be able to get by on athleticism on offense though, as long as he doesn't have to create for himself too much.
Why not his J is very very sweet. He is going to be playing the 3 at 6-10 so he can shoot over pretty much everyone off the bat. Plus if you put a 4 on him he will kill them off the dribble.
I think he has much more to offer than Trevor Ariza. I think he will be much closer to a poor mans Kevin Durant than Ariza. He grew up playing the 2-3 you will see a lot more of his perimeter skills by year 2 in the league.
His jumper is decent, like Trevor Ariza's. He's going to be a spot up shooter, I don't see Ebanks being able to pull and knock down shots like enough for it to be a huge part of his game. I do like him as a prospect though, but he's along the lines of a Ariza or Corey Brewer or (best case) Josh Smith type, but he's a has a characteristic that's similar to all those players I named: poor ball-handling. That is necessary to being able to create for yourself on offense.
I see absolutely nothing comparable from Ebanks to any of those 3 players...........2 are defensive stoppers, and one is a super athletic slasher. Ebanks is not super athletic and his offensive game is far ahead of Ariza's and Brewer's when they first entered into the NBA. Ariza does have a decent J, but this is his 4th year in the league?
They aren't exactly alike, but they have the same strengths and weaknesses. If you think Ebanks is going to go in the NBA better than Corey Brewer and Ariza, you're going to be a disappointed man.
he's far from a poor ball handler, the way that Huggins has used him at WVU and the transformation of his game has taken away from his guard skills. Josh Smith can't put the ball on the floor, I understand from what you have seen of him on TV why you would think he's lacking in this area, but you'll find out. He will be able to create for himself much more than any of the players you mentioned.. The way that they use him at WVU it won't be this year that you will find out though.
His handles are not that of a true NBA small forward, he's quick enough to get to the rim, but if he's cut off, lets see what counters he has. I'm telling you, he's not going to be able to just get to the rim or create his own shots alot in the NBA. And it's not because he isn't quick, it's because he doesn't have any real moves other than straight line drives. Which would make him a poor ball-handler for a SF in the NBA.
Have you seen him play anywhere other than West Virginia?
The Jordan Brand game was the only other time.
ok....I understand your arguments from what you have seen, I just think that I have seen him in different environments and I think that he has more than what he has shown in College becaise they basically play him at the 4. I think that in the league he is going to be a 3 that can play the 2. For now we will just have to agree to disagree and just see by around his second year in the NBA where his game is at.