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Lakers select West Virginia's Devin Ebanks with the 43rd pick

June 24, 2010 |  8:18 pm


The Lakers selected West Virginia sophomore forward Devin Ebanks in the second round of the NBA draft with the 43rd pick overall, adding a frontcourt player who prides himself on rebounding and locking down opponents' top scorers.

He helped the Mountaineers to their first Final Four since 1959 and the most wins in school history as he led the team in rebounding at 8.1 a game.

Times NBA columnist Mark Heisler says of Ebanks: "A very smooth player with a long wingspan and a nose for the ball. He also rarely takes bad shots (46% shooting from the field) and is a versatile defender. Some question his attitude after a fight with a teammate and a three-game suspension for undisclosed reasons this season."

--Mark Medina

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Photo: West Virginia forward Devin Ebanks tries to split the defense of Kentucky's Patrick Patterson (54) and DeMarcus Cousins during the Mountaineers' 73-66 victory over the Wildcats in the NCAA tournament's East Regional final. Credit: Jim McIsaac / Getty Images