Banks ready to focus on recruiting

Top 100 forward James Banks and his Atlanta Celtics team finished their final week of the evaluation period by making it to the elite 8 of the Adidas Summer Championships. The next step for James will be to take a closer look at the schools recruiting him.

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Banks has received an impressive list of offers and he feels more offers could be coming. “I’d love for it to happen. It gives you more schools to choose from when making your decision.”

Georgia Tech is one of the schools that has offered Banks. The Mt. Vernon Christian School recruit has also visited Tech several times. “They will be a school I will be considering along with the rest that have offered.”

On his visits to Tech, Banks was impressed with the campus, the academics, and the coaching staff. “My family likes that the campus is close to home.” Coach Brian Gregory extended the offer to Banks. Coach Gregory feels that the 6’11” Banks could play either of the post positions. “I feel that I could play either position equally well.”

James wants to be fair to all the schools recruiting him. He doesn’t want to name any favorites at this time. “I don’t want to slight anyone this early.”

After the season is over, James plans to start thinking about visits and trimming his offer list. “I know I will be taking all five of my official visits.” James may also take a few unofficial visits to schools that are close to home. Those schools may also get official visits.

Banks has not decided when he wants to sign. “I have a lot of schools to look at and it might not allow me to sign in the early signing period.” James has not ruled out making a decision in the early signing period.

One of the main factors in making his decision will be his relationship with the coaching staff. “I want a staff that develops and pushes me to improve.” James will also be looking for a degree that will help him with life after basketball. The final factor will be the chance to earn playing time as a freshman. “I don’t want to go to a school that will sit me because I’m a freshman.


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