Nearly two months after it was announced that he was not cleared academically and therefore would not be a member of the Alabama basketball program, one of the top shooting guards in the Class of 2015 received some good news Thursday.
As first reported by Scout.com, four-star shooting guard Kobie Eubanks has recorded the SAT score he needed in order to qualify for an athletic scholarship. The news leaves Eubanks, who originally committed to Baylor before reopening his recruitment last November, with two possibilities to choose from.
He can either join a program that’s on the quarter system right now, or he could wait until December to do so. The latter option would give him a higher number of possibilities to choose from, with many Division I programs on the semester calendar. Whichever path Eubanks chooses to take, the program that lands him will get a talented guard who can both knock down shots from the perimeter and get to the basket off the dribble.
Eubanks was expected to be a contributor for an Alabama team that lost its top three perimeter scorers from last season.
Alabama freshman guard not cleared academically by NCAA
Four-star guard Kobie Eubanks has not been cleared academically by the NCAA, and as a result he will not be joining the Alabama program for the 2015-16 season. The school announced the news via press release Wednesday evening.
“We are disappointed for Kobie and his family,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said in the release. Unfortunately, Kobie wasn’t cleared by the NCAA and we couldn’t get him admitted to the University of Alabama. He has a bright future and we wish him well.”
Wednesday’s news is the latest twist in Eubanks’ story, which began nearly two years ago after he’d completed his senior year at Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York. Eubanks spent his sophomore and junior years at American Heritage HS in Florida, and transcripts from that school are where the original problems stemmed from.
The suit claims that American Heritage provided Our Savior with a transcript that stated Eubanks’ grade-point average upon leaving American Heritage was 2.5, then later another transcript that put his GPA at 2.37, but certified to Our Savior that the 2.5 transcript was correct. The different numbers, the suit alleges, came from Eubanks’ grades being altered.
According to the suit, Baylor requested all of Eubanks’ transcripts as part of its normal vetting, and the two transcripts from American Heritage drew an NCAA inquiry.
Eubanks spent last year at Elev8 Sports Institute with an eye towards qualifying academically in 2015, but that path did not work out as evidenced by Wednesday’s news. The loss of Eubanks leaves the Crimson Tide with three incoming freshmen: guard Dazon Ingram and forwards Brandon Austin and Donta Hall.
New Alabama head coach Avery Johnson landed a quality addition to his 2015 recruiting class Monday afternoon, as four-star shooting guard Kobie Eubanks announced that he’ll be attending the SEC school. News of Eubanks’ commitment was first reported by Scout.com.
The 6-foot-5 Eubanks, who attended Elev-8 Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this year, was originally a Baylor signee before reclassifying to 2015 and ultimately de-committing from the program in late November. Eubanks took four of his five available official visits before coming to this decision, taking trips to Oregon, Texas and Kansas in addition to Alabama. Eubanks, who played his grassroots basketball for the E1T1 program in Florida, visited Alabama in mid-May.
“Kobie Eubanks is a quality late pickup for Alabama and gives Avery Johnson a guard who can come in and be productive right away,” NBC Sports recruiting insider Scott Phillips said. “Eubanks is a capable scorer with the ability to hit shots and attack the rim.”
That production will be key, as the Crimson Tide have to account for the loss of their top scorers from a season ago. Forward Shannon Hale (8.2 ppg) and guard Retin Obasohan (6.9 ppg) are the team’s leading returning scorers heading into the 2015-16 campaign.
Eubanks is Alabama’s fourth commitment in the Class of 2015, joining Brandon Austin, Donta Hall and Dazon Ingram. Alabama also added two transfers in former Texas A&M guard Avery Johnson Jr. and former Memphis forward Nick King.
Four-star Class of 2015 guard will decide on Monday
Class of 2015 shooting guard Kobie Eubanks is one of the best available players left that can play college basketball next season. Eubanks announced on Friday night that he will decide his college decision on Monday.
The former Baylor commit is currently regarded as the No. 101 prospect in the 2015 national class, according to Rivals. A 6-foot-5 shooting guard with range and athleticism, Eubanks took a recent visit to Alabama in May and the Crimson Tide are rumored to be in strong position in this one. During the recruiting process, Eubanks also took official visits to Oregon in January and Texas in March during the Rick Barnes tenure.
Eubanks wasn’t cleared to play at Baylor prior to the 2014-15 season, so he opted to do a prep year at Elev-8 Academy in Florida. With options being limited at this point, Eubanks could be a nice addition as a guard who could produce a bit right away.
CBT’s Recruiting Roundup: Senior point guard, center emerging, Kobie Eubanks a hot name after opening up recruitment
Each Friday, College Basketball Talk’s Scott Phillips goes over some important news and notes in the world of college basketball recruiting. This week, senior point guard Traci Carter’s emergence from injury, senior center Yankuba Sima is emerging at center after moving from Spain and Kobie Eubanks is a hot name after parting ways with Baylor in November.
Traci Carter comes on strong
With a limited amount of guards left in the 2015 class, New Jersey native and senior point guard Traci Carter has generated a lot of recent interest from high-major programs. The 6-foot guard from Burlington Life Center Academy missed the spring and summer grassroots circuit in front of scouts and college coaches because of a torn meniscus and he’s finally getting a lot of looks this fall now that he’s healthy.
Cal, Florida State, Louisville, Manhattan, Memphis, Providence and St. John’s have all been involved, according to a report from Rivals.com‘s Eric Bossi. Since a lot of programs still need guards for next season, it’s easy to see why Carter would get a lot of hype.
Upon seeing him this fall, Rivals bumped Carter up to four-star status and he’s almost assuredly in the next set of 2015 national rankings. This will be an interesting recruitment to track, since it’s starting very late.
Yankuba Sima emerges as new senior center to watch
A native of Spain, Yankuba Sima is turning heads in the prep school ranks this fall as a 6-foot-11 center playing at Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville. Sima has already put up some prolific defensive and rebound numbers with the Spanish national team in the U18 European Championships.
The senior led the event in rebounding at 12.1 per game and was second in blocks at 2.1 per game.
If Sima is intent on playing college basketball, he could immediately help a program because of his size and ability to rebound. His offense might take some time to develop, and that could prevent him from playing major minutes initially, but if he can defend, he’ll get playing time and would be a nice, late pickup for some of these teams that need another big body.
Kobie Eubanks a hot name in recruiting since parting ways with Baylor
According to Evan Daniels from Scout.com, Boston College, Connecticut, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon and Providence have all expressed interest in the Elev-8 guard.
With a complete scoring package and an extra year to refine moves and add strength, Eubanks is the perfect spring recruit for a high-major program looking for a guard that can give some punch. At the very least, Eubanks should probably be able to come in and score off the bench immediately.
A three-star prospect, according to Rivals, Eubanks is sure to draw a lot of interest now, and with Baylor owning 2015 commitments from guards like Jake Lindsey, King McClure and Wendell Mitchell, it’s easy to see why Eubanks would want options. The Bears also still own a commitment from power forward Joseph Acuil in the class.