Biography: Considered a young player with great potential, Ebanks is forgoing his remaining two years of college eligibility to enter the draft. The forward was expected to take a big leap as a sophomore with West Virginia, but he struggled at times and finished the season shooting 45.7 percent while averaging 12.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He's considered a strong defensive player and that could increase his value and move him into the middle of the first round. His commitment may also be a question, as he took a leave of absence for personal reasons in November, missing the Mountaineers' first three games. NBA scouts have been monitoring Ebanks after he had a strong freshman season, scoring 10.5 points per game with 7.8 boards and 2.7 assists and another year at West Virginia may have solidified his status as a lottery selection. His athleticism, long arms and shooting ability are ideal for a small forward, but his bulk and strength are issues. He might have a tough time rebounding and outmuscling opponents in the NBA, and that could make his transition much more difficult. Those concerns could make him a more viable option as a swingman, and he's played guard in college. That versatility could also help his value increase in the draft. Ebanks also thrived against strong competition, shooting 49.5 percent to average 12.2 points with 6.0 rebounds in 12 career meetings with Top 10 teams.
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