Devin Ebanks asks for release from IU


The No. 2 small forward in the class of 2008 is no longer committed to Indiana.

Devin Ebanks, a 6-9 wing from New York City, has requested a release from the letter of intent he signed with Indiana in November. Indiana will honor his request because Ebanks negotiated an out in the agreement in the event that Kelvin Sampson no longer be the coach of the Hoosiers’ basketball team.

A New York source told The Herald-Times Tuesday that Ebanks is still considering IU and will watch the situation in Bloomington closely. He does not expect to make any sort of a decision until after the NCAA Tournament, and IU is expected to either have a coach in place by that time or name one shortly after.

Ebanks is going to listen to pitches from Rutgers — one of the schools he was originally interested in — as well as Texas and Memphis. There’s still a possibility that one other school could enter the mix, according to a source close to the situation. The source said that Ebanks will basically be re-recruited, taking visits and meeting with coaches. Both Memphis and Texas are playing in the tournament — as a No. 1 and a No. 2 seed, respectively — but even if they were eliminated early it seems unlikely that Ebanks would be able to make visits until after the tournament.

Ebanks spent last weekend in Indiana, first taking in the Hoosiers’ quarterfinal loss in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday. He met with athletic director Rick Greenspan on Saturday to discuss the search for a new coach and other issues surrounding the program (such as the looming NCAA hearing).

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11 comments:

  • tyler says:

    wow. Indiana is going down in flames. wake me up when the Sampson fallout is over.

  • joshadam84 says:

    No thanks. I only want true Indiana basketball fans that will continue to support the program.

  • Sam says:

    This is not a surprise and not a bad thing. I’d say it’s very smart of D. Ebanks. He has discussed this with IU and the fact he hasn’t already written them off completely is a reason to hope. Maybe he knows a little more about what is going on and when a decision will be made than we do. But if he goes somewhere else you can’t blame him. The “out” clause was agreed to by IU.

  • MoMo says:

    He will be one and done anyway.

  • d says:

    This is a shame and a huge loss if he indeed decides not to play at IU but its what the town of bloomington deserves, our team is, has and always will be controlled by our alumni and they were an obvious factor in both the hiring and firing of Sampson. I just hope that the Indiana “Alumni” Hoosiers can make better choices in the future so that we can sign both coaches and players and keep them around.

  • #2fan says:

    If I were in his position, I don’t know how I could pick IU with all that has happened. I mean this is his future we are talking about, he doesn’t want to come to a school where the athletic department is in shambles. It is a big loss for us, but no surprise…..the fallout continues…..

  • GoHoosiers says:

    Does anybody else think that these guys may be keeping their options open because they are waiting to see what IU does about their coach, and also what EJ decides to do? We all expect him to go, but it isn’t official yet.

  • Scott says:

    Season tickets are becoming easier and easier by the day to find next season.

  • IUBRAD says:

    Scott, please forward those names of people not renewing season tickets. Use a thimble if needed. Maybe even put some thought into your next comment.

  • Kyle says:

    Even though he will be one and done..we still need him. He can help the program start fresh. We just need to get the right coach and possibly listen to what coaches he’s interested in. We need everyone we can get.

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