James Banks about to narrow focus

Four-star James Banks is beginning to take a long look at his recruitment, and is moving forward with the process.

Four-star center James Banks had a very solid showing at the recent adidas Nations event. The 6-foot-10 center who is an excellent run and jump athlete, continues to improve every time he steps out on the court, and now is beginning to focus on his recruitment.

After entering the spring a bit of an unknown, Banks said things went very well for him while running with the Atlanta Celtics.

“My recruitment really blew up for me over the summer, and it was just a really fun experience,” said Banks of the summer.

He continued, “A lot of it was just working hard and doing things that don’t show up on the stat sheer. I was just working to be a presence on offense and defense, and showing my potential on the future.”

On the recruiting trail Banks has pulled in far reaching interest. Schools such as Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Duke, Xavier, Auburn, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Memphis, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Texas among others have all made Banks a major focus.

About where he stands in his recruitment, Banks said, “Right now I am in the process of cutting down my schools to a reasonable amount so that I can take my visits, so that will probably be a top five or top six.”

In the spring Banks made an unofficial visit to Kentucky, and he said the trip went well.

“It was amazing,” said Banks of the visit. “Just knowing that your hard work paid off and to have it recognized by a top school was great. It is a school I liked, they have a good program obviously, and now the step for me is to make sure it is the right fit. I am very focused on finding the right fit for me.”

One school that made sure to be at all of Banks’ games this July was Georgia. The Bulldogs have clearly made him a priority, and he likes Mark Fox and the staff in Athens.

“They are recruiting me really hard,” said Banks of Georgia. “Coach Fox has been showing me a lot of love, and is talking to me a lot. I know it is a program on the rise and I am very interested in them.”

While nothing has been set up in terms of visits, Banks does know what he will be looking for in a school when the time comes.

“I am just looking for a place that is going to be the best fit for me and where I would be comfortable with the coaches and where I have a chance to develop for the next level,” said Banks.

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