If Drew Eubanks is told to run through a brick wall by any of his coaches, he’d do it.
The singular focus of improving and developing his game is all that matters for the first-year Austin Spurs player and San Antonio two-way player after forgoing his senior year at Oregon State and going undrafted a year ago.
“Just being able to get better and being around the best coaches and players in the world is huge,” Eubanks said. “I don’t have to worry about school right now, it’s just about basketball so I get to focus on what I do to practice and devote that time to basketball.”
In eight games this season for Austin, the 6-foot-10 forward is averaging 16.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in 25.2 minutes per game. He’s third in the G-League in shooting efficiency, making field goals at a 90-percent clip.
As a two-way player, Eubanks can spend up to 45 days in San Antonio no including the playoffs.
The rookie has appeared in three games in San Antonio so far this season, averaging 2.4 points a game. He scored four points and had one rebound in six minutes against New Orleans on Nov. 19.
“He works extremely hard,” Austin Spurs head coach Blake Ahearn said. “He’s versatile and he’s got great touch around the basket. The best part, outside of him being a great kid, is he wants to learn. To have a guy of his size and strength, I think our guards are going to come to realize he’s going to be their best friends.”
Once a standout four-star prospect from Oregon that didn’t start playing organized basketball until his freshman year in high school, Eubanks played college ball at Oregon State for three seasons.
He averaged 14.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game as a sophomore with the Beavers and declared for the draft, but returned for his junior season, where he had averages of 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.
Eubanks worked out with the Spurs twice during the pre-draft process and knew the team was high on him. So despite offers from other teams, it was a no-brainer to sign for San Antonio.
Austin is very deep when it comes to size and strength, boasting 6-foot-10 forward Amidah Brimah and NBA veteran DeJuan Blair, who returned to the Spurs organization this season after five years.
“It’s great because you can compete against guys every day,” Eubanks said. “As a big guy, you don’t always have another big guy to practice against every day. So when you play a team, you can get shocked. We have depth and you have to bring it every day or else you’re going lose your spot.”
Austin plays its next two home games at the HEB Center, beginning when the Agua Caliente come to town Friday at 7 p.m. The Spurs play host to the Salt Lake City Stars on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Eubanks wasn’t part of the Austin team that won the G-League title a season ago, but his learning continues by playing alongside those that have lifted the trophy before.
“There’s a lot of excitement and there are a lot of guys that are returning from last year’s team so they know what it’s like and they know how to win,” Eubanks said. “They can help me get used to the G-League and help us get back to the championship.”