James Banks, a talented post player that emerged this past spring as a top 100 prospect, began the official visit portion of the recruiting process last week.
Banks started things off with a trip to Austin (Tex.) to see Texas.
“It was really just the coaching staff,” he said when asked what stood out about the visit. “Shaka [Smart] and their staff and coach [Mike] Morrell and everybody they just really took care of me. I really felt the love.”
“I like Texas,” he added. “After the visit, it’s like they really took care of me and I really enjoyed being there.”
What did he learn about Texas during the trips?
“Before he started recruiting me I didn’t know, but when I got there they gave me a lot of information,” the 6-foot-10 big man told Scout. “They told me about the Longhorn network, what they’ve done in the past and the players they’ve had.”
“If I didn’t fit in their style they wouldn’t be recruiting me,” Banks added. “They have a lot of guys there that are my size with similar athletically ability. I’ll watch them a lot during the season.”
Next up for Banks is a trip to Vanderbilt. He’s scheduled to visit the Commodores the weekend of September 12th.
“I like what they did with Damian Jones, “ Banks said of Vanderbilt. “Their coaching staff has done a really good job recruiting me. They are one of the first staffs to recruit me. I’m looking forward to the visit. It’s good a program and with good education.”
At this point, Banks, who transferred to La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere for his senior season, hasn’t scheduled any other trips and didn’t mention any other schools, but said a wide variety are still actively pursuing him.
“A lot of schools,” he said when asked who else was involved in his recruitment. “You’d be surprised about how many new schools coming into the mix.”
Banks is ranked No. 45 overall and No. 9 at the center position in the 2016 recruiting class.