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He Got Next: Kobe Eubanks – American Heritage
No Rest For Heritage’s Kobe Eubanks
BY CURTIS STEVENSON | Staff Writer
When school is over and summertime gets underway, young people usually hit the beach and have some fun under the sun.
For American Heritage hooper Kobe Eubanks it’s about working to get better at his chosen sport.
Between team camps and a hectic AAU schedule, Eubanks will have little time to lounge and relax around the pool.
“This is an important couple of months for me. This is when you get to improve and just focus on basketball. It is a great opportunity to work on your game against some tough competition,” Eubanks said.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound senior-to-be is one of the most sought after players in south Florida. He’s ranked No. 49 regionally by ESPN in the Class of 2014. Florida State, Murray State, Kansas, and Florida, are just some of the programs enamored with his skills.
Eubanks will have a big decision to make regarding his future, but first is finishing his final season with a championship.
The Patriots have had a stellar program under head coach Charles Stephenson, and have reached the state final four the past two seasons.
“We have some really high hopes coming off of last year. We could have seven or eight players that’ll sign D-I scholarships,” Stephenson said.
This past season ended with a loss in the Class 5A state final against Tampa Jesuit – which lends for even more motivation for Eubanks this summer.
“I am really working on getting my teammates involved,” Eubanks said. “We play an up-tempo style and if I pass the ball I know I will get it back for an easy bucket,”
Easy buckets are what it is all about for Eubanks and his team. Under Stephenson they play an ultra aggressive style and try to create extra possessions while wearing their opponent down late in the game.
Eubanks is the key to the successful system that netted 24 wins en route to the title game.
“Kobe can guard every position on the floor. He is so versatile and is long and quick. He has gotten stronger and continues to fill into his frame. It makes him so tough to deal with,” Stephenson said.
With so many returning players Eubanks said he is comfortable being a leader only when called upon.
“I have to make sure that I am going full speed and all out. I can not push somebody else unless I am doing my work,” Eubanks said.
That work helped him rack up 17 points and six rebounds per game last season.
He will continue to expand his game playing for Nike’s E1T1 (Each One Teach One), a team of top prospects from the state of Florida, this summer. The more game situations the better for Eubanks who continues to evolve his skills.
So while most are soaking up some rays, Eubanks is soaking in sweat thinking about bringing his school their first state basketball championship.