CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some notes gathered during the week:
If you've wondered what happened to former WVU basketball standouts Devin Ebanks, Kevin Jones and Joe Alexander, look no further than the NBA Developmental League.Of the three, Ebanks appears to be on the fastest track there. Before the weekend, he was averaging 24.7 points (third in the NBADL) and was ranked No. 3 by the league's Prospect Watch as a member of the Texas Legends. He's behind Manny Harris of Los Angeles and Pierre Jackson of Idaho on the list.Ebanks has had NBA stints with the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.
Jones was 24th in the NBADL among scorers (16.4 average) and ranked the No. 18 prospect. As a member of the Canton Charge, he was also averaging 7.8 rebounds.As for Alexander, all remains quiet because of leg injuries. He is, however, still a member of the Santa Cruz Warriors. Mountaineer basketball coach Bob Huggins made a trip last Tuesday to Cleveland to check out a couple of Ohio's finest prospects.As we've reported here in the past, Huggins has offered 6-foot-7 Esa Ahmad of Shaker Heights High and stopped to watch him play. A prospect from the class of 2015, Ahmad has been compared to ex-Mountaineer Da'Sean Butler and was the Player of the Year in the Northeast Ohio Conference. Other schools on him include Clemson, Miami and Xavier.The other standout Huggins visited was five-star recruit Carlton Bragg of Villa Angela St. Joseph. Bragg is ranked Ohio's top recruit and a Top 10 player nationally. He holds offers from Ohio State, Kentucky and Louisville, among oodles of others. While on the subject of hoops recruits, WVU signee Jevon Carter had quite a game for Proviso East High in the Chicago area. In a recent contest against Hinsdale, he scored a career high 31 points in a 60-50 Proviso East victory.But there's good news and bad contained within. Carter scored 24 of those points in the second half after shooting 3 of 15 in the first half. Overall, he shot 11-of-30 from the floor, 7 of 9 from the free-throw line and 2 of 9 from 3-point range. Word out of Huntington is Marshall football recruit Mike Johnson, a three-star cornerback from Clearwater, Fla., did not make an official visit this weekend, despite reports to the contrary. While on football recruiting, 247 Sports had WVU's current recruiting crop ranked No. 38 nationally and fifth in the Big 12 as of Friday. It had one commitment (athlete/defensive back Dravon Henry of Aliquippa, Pa.) as the lone four-star player along with 18 three-star kids. Rivals.com had the Mountaineers No. 43 with Henry and quarterback William Crest of Baltimore as four-star players. And finally . . .A shoutout to two coaches from the area finding success in Cleveland, Miss.
Yes, Cleveland, Miss.If you check the latest NABC Division II coaches poll, you'll again find West Liberty No. 1. Entering the poll last week, however, was No. 24 Delta State of the aforementioned Cleveland.Statesman coach Jim Boone is a Winfield native who was graduated from West Virginia State University. But his trusty assistant, Charleston's Chris Richardson, pinch-hit for Boone last week while the head coach was down with pneumonia. All Richardson did was lead Delta State to a 67-56 road win over Lee University, snapping the hosts' 23-game home winning streak. The Statesmen then defeated North Alabama 84-72.Congrats men.Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, email@example.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.