May 19, 2008

Kissed by the gods, Ebanks' game is instinctive

JAMAICA QUEENS, N.Y.--Father Hubert Ebanks remembers taking his 9-year-old son to a Brooklyn playground and watching him spin a move that defied gravity.

"It was this crossover dribble that just left this other kid sprawling," the former Shaw University basketball player said with a father's wide smile. "I knew then we had something."

In fact, Ebanks, now 18, pulled off a couple of spell-binding moves in Sunday afternoon's championship game of the is8/Nike Spring Classic here. And a rowdy crowd of about 300 packed into the 46-year-old gymnasium were just as awed.

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