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Audio from Devin Ebanks' post-draft interview

Among the highlights from the media's interview with West Virginia sophomore forward Devin Ebanks, whom the Lakers selected with their 43rd pick:

--Ebanks, a native of Queens, N.Y, says he knows Lamar Odom and Ron Artest fairly well

--Ebanks shares his expectations on his rookie season

--Ebanks believes he has a lot to offer on the defensive end

--This interview was done via speaker phone to his cell phone, and it's fairly obvious the reception is fairly bad. But it's still worth the listen.

Devin Ebanks


--Mark Medina

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Great pick, so much for all the experts analysis on guards theory.. hahahaha

Just goes to show how far apart is public from what the management is thinking. I suppose after having won 10 rings in the past 3 decades, management must know a little about running the organization while all the experts and chatter from fans were so off base...

Chad Ford: Lakers take Ebanks. Great pick. Could be this year's Trevor Ariza. A lockdown perimeter defender. 59 minutes ago.


Mike Trudell: Devin Ebanks is a 6-9 forward who was a 3rd Team All Big East player as a sophomore. Avg. 12.0 pts, 8.1 rebs. 58 minutes ago.


Mike Trudell: Ebanks had 12 points & 7 rebounds against Kentucky in West Virginia's Elite 8 win over Kentucky. 53 minutes ago.


Kevin Pelton: Devin Ebanks is the new Trevor Ariza. Nice addition for the Lakers. 59 minutes ago.


Aran Smith: Los Angeles Lakers select Devin Ebanks www.nbadraft.net/players/devin-ebanks Another long and athletic player. the rich get richer 59 minutes ago.


Mike Bresnahan: Lakers done drafting, take another forward, Derrick Caracter of UTEP, with No. 58. Another rebounder/defender, also 6-foot-9 (like Ebanks) 36 minutes ago.


Wes


Wes

Ebanks said all the right things and I especially love the fact that the kid puts defense first. Being 6'9, athletic, quick and willing to lockdown the opposing player is a killer combination. Imagine that length out there on the perimeter guarding a 1, 2 or 3? He would be a gift if he's in the same mold as Trevor Ariza, yet taller and longer. I really hope he makes the team and the Lakers help him develop because we may have found a diamond in the rough here. This team could use an infusion of young blood, willing to defend, rebound and do the dirty work.

I hope this kid pans out and backs up Ron this year. That would be money in Ebanks!!!

two years and one day younger than grizzled 5-year veteran andrew bynum

Here's a link of Devin Ebanks highlights in WVU. I think he's a keeper. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7vLW94NFmw


Brylle

That was by far the worst interview conducted in the history of sports. Bad mic job, interviewers out to lunch, Banks called them out for being on speaker phone, only to hang up on them for asking such routine questions. Way to inform the fans. Hopefully Ebanks doesn't hold it against people of LA.

Lakers Draft Grade from Foxsports

Los Angeles Lakers: A

Picks: Devin Ebanks (43), Derrick Caracter (58)

No team had a better second round, and there's a lot to be said for that. Many question whether Ebanks will ever put it all together, but he has vast potential and should fit right in for a team that could use an athletic defender on the wing. Caracter is the ultimate risk-reward player, with knocks on just about everything players get knocked for but more talent than some NBA starters. At Nos. 43 and 58, respectively, both were great values. What more can you ask for from the defending champs?

Lakers Draft Grade from Foxsports

Los Angeles Lakers: A

Picks: Devin Ebanks (43), Derrick Caracter (58)

No team had a better second round, and there's a lot to be said for that. Many question whether Ebanks will ever put it all together, but he has vast potential and should fit right in for a team that could use an athletic defender on the wing. Caracter is the ultimate risk-reward player, with knocks on just about everything players get knocked for but more talent than some NBA starters. At Nos. 43 and 58, respectively, both were great values. What more can you ask for from the defending champs?

Look, this kid was absolutely beast at WVU...he could have had some better numbers, but like some other guys have said, he puts defense & rebounding first. With guys like Pau, Bynum & Odom, this kid has a plethora of good teachers, not to mention the all time leader in points. I was a LA fan before because of the logo - its really real now... 3 peat? LETS GOOOO MOUNTAINEERS!!! BEAT BOSTON!!!!

Two forwards...they look like good prospects, but what about our needs in the PG position...

Well I defer to Mitch...I'm sure he has a game plan...

Maybe he has some players in mind and not a rookie...

The initial months are quite lonely for them.


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