Banks Has Options

Atlanta (GA) Mount Vernon Presbyterian center James Banks has cracked the Scout Top 100 and has also added several scholarship offers.

It was a hectic spring for Atlanta (GA) Mount Vernon Presbyterian center James Banks.

An unranked prospect for much of the early evaluation period, his play at various camps and on the AAU circuit with the Atlanta Celtics led to him picking up dozens of scholarship offers. At this point, he still isn't ready to even list certain schools.

"It would be unfair to name schools," said Banks. "A lot of schools are coming after me hard. Offers, there are a lot... around 30 or 40."

Banks had a terrific junior season, averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds while playing in the post. How does he describe his game?

"I consider myself a skilled big man," he said. "I play the post, and I'm getting stronger. I've been in there since I started playing, but I'm also comfortable at the three-point line and with the 15-foot jumper. I'm not afraid to take those shots, but I specialize in being a big man first.

"You have guys like Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge, and DeMarcus Cousins, and I try not to mold my game after just one guy. I try and take aspects that I like from certain people and add that in."

His stellar play has led to a rise in his recruiting ranking, as he now checks in at No. 47 overall in the 2016 class. The four-star prospect knows that he has a lot to work on.

"I like to put coaches on the spot," said Banks. "I ask what's my weakness? What's the plan for me in the future of your program?

"I know right now one of my weaknesses is my strength. I have to get in the weight room. I have to live it because that's finishing, that's holding off a defender, that's getting a rebound. It's about growing into my body."

NC State is one of the schools pursuing Banks, and assistant coach Orlando Early is handling his recruitment for the Wolfpack.

"They are still recruiting me hard," Banks said. "They've been texting with me recently. I have a good relationship with coach Orlando there and the head coach.

"They've been on me hard. I just need to get out and learn more about the school and the program."

Banks maintains that he doesn't have a timeframe for making a decision or a leader, but he knows what he will be looking for in a school.

"I just want to be comfortable with the college staff and the campus," he said. "I'm going to spend one-to-four years of my life there. I'll see them more than my family so it has to be a place I'd like to play and a coach I'd like to play for.

"Then I'll look at playing style, who is rotating in, minutes... things like that."

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