The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

February 18, 2010

HERTZEL COLUMN: Ebanks’ game still growing

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia Mountaineers had just finished off Providence in rather easy fashion, winning 88-74 in a game where they never really were challenged.

Bob Huggins had finished his post-game locker room lecture, a rather brief chat with his players, and had made it courtside in the Dunkin Donut Center to chat with Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs on the Mountaineer Sports Network.

The interview was almost as non-eventful as the game, Huggins, as always, less than satisfied with many aspects of his team’s play but after two straight losses, including the collapse at Pitt that led to a triple overtime defeat, any victory would have been welcomed.

What made the interview fascinating, however, was what wasn’t said.

There was much talk about Da’Sean Butler and Truck Bryant, conversation touching on Kevin Jones and kudos for Wellington Smith, who has suddenly emerged as the kind of player he probably should have been far earlier in his career.

But, unless it slipped by without notice, there was no little or no mention of Devin Ebanks, either by Caridi, who directs the conversation, or Huggins, who puts the meat on the bone that Caridi throws out there.

What made that so interesting is that by not speaking to Ebanks performance they said volumes.

In many ways this was one of Ebanks’ finest performances. He scored 21 points, which was only a point off his career high.

The rest of his line in the box score was no less impressive, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

Considering that much of it came in the first half when WVU opened up a comfortable lead, it had a certain intrinsic value, too.

Yet somehow it was under the radar, barely a blip on the overall picture that this game created.

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