Two more Tigers?
Question: What are the chances for Memphis to land both Devin Ebanks and Tyreke Evans? What does it depend on, their playing time, who leaves, how well they do in the tourney? Thanks
-- Nathan from Memphis
Answer: Unfortunately for the teams in Conference USA attempting to compete with Memphis, there is a good chance that Memphis lands both Ebanks and Evans, to go along with five-star Angel Garcia and Matt Simpkins.
Memphis is the perceived leader for Evans, who is listing Connecticut, Texas and Villanova along with the Tigers. Derrick Rose looks like a certainty to enter the NBA draft as a projected top-five pick. If Evans were to choose Memphis, he would step right into Rose's vacated role. Evans is expected to announce his decision on April 16, the first day of the spring signing period.
Ebanks, who was recently released from his Letter of Intent with Indiana, is now considering Memphis along with Indiana, Rutgers, Texas and West Virginia. It's tough to handicap this school list other than to place Indiana as a long shot. Rutgers has the advantage of being close to Ebanks' home, and the Scarlet Knights were one of the finalists in Ebanks' first recruiting go around. West Virginia is new to the recruiting picture. Memphis and Texas were names swirling in the air as future destinations for Ebanks as soon as coach Kelvin Sampson's troubles hit the news.
If Memphis were indeed to land both Ebanks and Evans, its 2008 recruiting class would be a strong candidate for the No. 1 spot in the Rivals.com team recruiting rankings.