Moments ago, Scott Drew and his staff welcomed the commitment of one of the best remaining unsigned players in the 2014 recruiting cycle: SG Kobe Eubanks. Eubanks, originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, plays for Our Savior New American School in Centereach, NY. Despite an impressive offer list from the fall, it seems from his profile at 247Sports that Eubanks took his time in recruiting before eventually visiting Pittsburgh, Baylor, and Missouri at the beginning of March. We can probably assume that the other two of those three were Baylor's biggest competition for his services, although ESPN also lists that Eubanks visited Wichita State on March 1. Eubanks tweeted out his commitment:
I'm going to be completely honest: basketball recruiting isn't really my thing. I can give you all the information I can find from as objective sources as exist, but beyond that, we're basically all in this thing together. It seems from what I've read that Eubanks' primary skill is simply scoring, with the word that comes up most in his descriptions being "explosive." You pair that with his offer list, which includes the likes of Florida, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Wichita State, and others, and a fairly decent recruiting ranking (he's a high-3* by all of the services that I've seen), and you get a player that probably has considerable potential but is also extremely raw. All of the schools I listed above have good or great coaches, guys that know talent and how to develop it. That they saw something in him they liked makes me excited for his potential, over and above the fact that Drew (who knows a bit about talent himself) recruiting him successfully.
At 190 in 247Sports' Composite 247 for 2014, Eubanks is immediately the highest-ranked recruit in what was otherwise a relatively lackluster class for Baylor coming off last year's NIT run. That class now has 4 members, one of which will come from the JUCO ranks in PG Lester Medford. The other two are SG Damiyne Durham, who seems cut from much of the same cloth as Eubanks and will probably redshirt next year, and T.J. Maston, who at 6'7" is listed as a PF but might actually play the 3 in college. My plan has been for some time to do a longer, more detailed review of the class as a whole, and now that we have Eubanks in as probably the last member (barring a transfer), I'll probably get to that tomorrow.
Here's what Twitter is saying about the newest Bear:
Baylor is getting a big time scorer in 2014 SG Kobe Eubanks of OSNA (NY). Absolutely shredded the competition this high school season.— Eric Hampford (@Future150EricH) March 19, 2014
Kobie Eubanks just confirmed that he has committed to Baylor. Like this pick up. One of best available scorers.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 19, 2014
Baylor adds the best available shooting guard -- Kobie Eubanks -- to their 2014 recruiting class. Story: http://t.co/R7wN1HBzts— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 19, 2014
That's pretty much it right now, but I'll add more as I find it. I could use some help on this to find his HS stats/percentages... Iamron?