The Mountaineers of West Virginia played three games without starting forward Devin Ebanks. Ebanks is touted as the best player on the team, in many cases.
Well, on Friday, Ebanks finally got the call.
The Mountaineers—amidst the 76 Classic in Anaheim—were taking on the Aggies of Texas A&M, in the semifinal round of the early season tournament.
With only a few ticks missing from the clock, Ebanks got the nod from head coach Bob Huggins.
The sophomore forward had been missed by the court and the fans.
One is easily reminded why being a Mountaineers fan is so rewarding, when after his first shot was good, Ebanks looked at his teammates with a big smile and said, “I’m back baby, I’m back…”
After dealing with undisclosed “personal problems” and missing the first three games, Ebanks is finally able to help his team to a 73-66 victory over Texas A&M.
Ebanks, of course, is not the only player on the WVU squad that is to be commended.
We can’t leave out Joe Mazzulla, Wellington Smith, Da’Sean Butler, Kevin Jones, and Dalton Pepper, among a host of other great players on the bench.
This year’s Mountaineer team has got to be the best and deepest team I have seen in my short span of 34 years.
Like everyone else, I expected to see Mazzulla, Butler, Ebanks, Smith, and Truck Bryant lead WVU to many victories this season.
However, I had no idea about the secret arsenal that Huggins had stored up on the bench.
We have seen unknowns like Dalton Pepper, Cam Payne, Casey Mitchell, and Danny Jennings emerge as great ball players in their own rights.
Who knew that WVU would have the depth on the bench that runs so deep?
Including redshirt junior, and son of the great Jerry West , Jonnie West who really used the off-season to freshen his skills.
Though he never really left, Devin Ebanks is back.
However, I am quite sure that the Mountaineers have the talent that can fill in anytime a great player like Ebanks cannot play.
Welcome back Devin Ebanks and say hello to the rest of your team.