07/30/2014
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#5 Ben Eblen
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185
Year: Graduate
Hometown: Isle of Palms, S.C.
High School: Florida Air Academy
Other College: U. of Alabama

Joins program for one season after transferring from Alabama…Played three seasons for Crimson Tide and Coach Anthony Grant, formerly of VCU…Sat out season year in Tuscaloosa…Played in 91 games at Alabama, scoring 50 points, grabbing 63 rebounds and handing out 63 assists.

2011-12 (JUNIOR)
Averaged 7.3 minutes per game in a reserve role for Crimson Tide…Helped team reach second round of NCAA Tournament…Had 2.1-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio…Only committed a turnover in six of 28 games on year…Led Alabama in assists in two contests…Played 11 minutes in win over Arkansas…Made first SEC start at LSU and dished out team-high three assists.

2010-11 (SOPHOMORE)
Backup point guard for Crimson Tide’s NIT championship finalist team…Averaged just under 10 minutes per game…Shot 38.5 percent from field with 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio…Had two rebounds and two assists in opening round of NIT vs. Coastal Carolina…Made first career start in season opener against FAMU and had career-high four rebounds.

2009-10 (FRESHMAN)
Saw valuable action as reserve point guard in rookie season at UA…Played in 26 games and averaged 7.8 minutes…Named to SEC All-Academic Team…Played season-high 22 minutes vs. Jackson State.

HIGH SCHOOL
Led Coach Aubin Goporo’s Florida Air Academy (Melbourne, Fla.) team to 25-1 record in 2008-09 season…Averaged 10.0 points, 8.0 assists and 4.0 steals in senior year…Sparked high school to combined 71-11 record over three seasons…Named Second-Team All-State in Florida…Selected Most Outstanding Player in The Rock Holiday Classic…McDonald’s All-American nominee…Also reached district meet as sprinter on track team.

PERSONAL
Ranked as 28th best point guard in 2008 class by Scout.com… Named cadet commander of third squadron in junior year at Florida Air Academy, achieving rank of 1st senior master sergeant, designating him as one of seven highest-ranking members …Played AAU basketball for Lowcountry Ravens…Earned Bachelor’s Degree in Consumer Science from Alabama in December of 2012…Son of Milt and Joyce Eblen.

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