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Canes lead for one of nation's best hoopsters

For those Canes basketball fans bumming because of the injuries and struggles this team has gone through, here's something that might brighten up your day.

DevinebanksThe Hurricanes are awfully close to getting a commitment from one of then nation's best 2008 recruits, 6-8 swingman Devin Ebanks, who is rated the No. 2 small forward in the country by Rivals.com and the 14th best player overall.

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Jeff Goodman interviewed Ebanks two weeks ago and the St. Thomas More (Conn.) junior told him Miami was his clear frontrunner.

``They are definitely number one on my list,” said the 6-foot-8 junior forward told Scout.com. “They’ve been great. Coach (Frank) Haith and the rest of the staff have given me a lot of love and I’m feeling it right now.”

``The chance to come in and play right away is important,” he added.

Ebanks is supposed to visit UM at the end of March, after his high school season ends. While Haith can't comment on potential recruits, the feeling around The U is the Hurricanes have a real shot at Ebanks, who is also being courted by Memphis, Indiana, Illinois, Georgetown and St. John's. He would certainly be the biggest name Haith has ever landed -- and maybe even the best basketball recruit the program has ever landed.

Haith, I've been told through others, was just in Connecticut to checkout Ebanks and another Connecticut recruit, 6-9, 270-pound center Christian Morris, who also has UM up high on his board. Morris is also rated a Top 100 recruit in the Class of 2008.

I'll have more on UM's basketball future in the coming days, but I wanted to share this tidbit with you now. I'm going to try to get a hold of Ebanks myself and have a little Q&A I plan to provide online here for you.