RICHMOND, Va. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Virginia Commonwealth University officially announced the signing of highly-rated point guard Ben Eblen during the early period Friday.
The 6-0, 185-pound Eblen, who attends the Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Fla., is the No. 17 ranked senior point guard in the nation, according to scouthoops.com.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are very excited to have Ben join our family here at VCU,Ã¢â‚¬Â said RamsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Head Coach Anthony Grant. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He will be a tremendous addition to our program. He falls in line with our focus of finding the best student-athletes who will represent Virginia Commonwealth University and our basketball program. Ben will provide us with playmaking and leadership from the guard position. He also comes from a very successful high school program, so he values winning and understands what it takes.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Eblen, originally from Isle of Palms, S.C., averaged 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals last season with Florida Air. He was instrumental in leading the Falcons to a 25-3 record and a Florida Class 3A State Championship as a sophomore in 2007. Last season, Eblen led Florida Air to a 21-7 mark and a regional finals appearance.
ESPN.com says of Eblen, Ã¢â‚¬Å“[HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a] scrappy playmaker who really makes things happen. Great off the bounce and can really set up other guys. Makes the simple play. Others love to play with him. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a floor leader deluxe.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Dave Telep of Scout.com praised the signing.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He is a sum-of-all-parts point guard,Ã¢â‚¬Â Telep told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He has a lot of leadership qualities. . . . If you try to quantify all his physical attributes, it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t matter. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just a winner.Ã¢â‚¬Â