INDIANAPOLIS - Devin Ebanks acknowledges that there are doubters.
He was the top rebounder and defender on West Virginia's Final Four squad, but critics feel his offensive skills are suspect for an NBA prospect. Ebanks averaged 12 points and 8.1 rebounds as a sophomore last season, shooting 46 percent from the field, but just 10 percent from 3-point range.
The 6-foot-9 forward is a slender 215 pounds, so he'll need perimeter skills to succeed in the NBA. He could have further refined his game in college, but he chose to leave after his sophomore season and enter the June 24 draft.
"Pretty much after the Final Four, I took off for a week, then it was back to the gym to work on my jumper, my ball handling,'' he said.
Ebanks tried to make the case that he has improved at a workout for the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. Paul George (Fresno St.), Keaton Grant (Purdue), Xavier Henry (Kansas), Landon Milbourne (Maryland) and Andy Rautins (Syracuse) joined him.
Ebanks feels he's made a good impression during his pre-draft tour. "I've gotten pretty good feedback,'' he said. "I've been on eight trips now, and everything's been positive.''
Ebanks is known for his defensive prowess. His length and quickness for his size create problems for opponents and allow him to defend point guards, shooting guards and small forwards.
"Everybody knows I'm a defensive player,'' he said. "They really haven't seen my offensive game. It's been really good to this point.''
Ebanks feels proving that he's a more versatile offensive player will be the key to his chances of being drafted highly. His next stops ast round. He said after the top four or five picks, it's anyone's guess.
"It's about how you compete in these workouts and how aggressive you are,'' he said.