Junior to Watch: Sean Banks

While still working hard on the Class of 2002, the Carolina staff's 2003 target list is starting to take shape -- and the Heels are keeping an eye on Sean Banks. We've assembled a profile on the junior wing, having watched him play and spoken to him at the Charlie Weber Invitational last weekend.

Sean Banks is a 6-7, 185-pound junior forward at Bergen Catholic (NJ). He averaged 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and four blocks (setting the school single-season block record) as a sophomore and was named All-County, leading the title-winning Crusaders.

"He seemed to score a lot of big points for us, and our team recognized that he was our best scorer and they got him the ball as best they could," coach Joe Dionisio told The Bergen Record. "For us to go through a sophomore to get big points says a lot about his capabilities."

"[Those who haven't seen me play] can expect me to get my teammates into the game, because that's what I like to do," Banks told IC this weekend. "Sometimes, I might even get a turnover because I try too hard to find a teammate. I try to play as unselfish as I can."

We watched Banks, who plays for the Tim Thomas 16-and-under Playaz, match up against Richmond Metro on Friday night. The long, wiry, athletic wing posted 10 points, three blocks and two steals.

He stands a lean 6-6 or 6-7 (says he's 6-7) and expects to grow another inch or two.

We were most impressed with two aspects of his game. 1) his confidence -- calling for the ball nearly every time down the court, wanting it in his hands, confident he could take it to the rack every time. He was also able to either crash the boards or sprint out ahead of the break. 2) shotblocking skills -- quick off his feet and with long arms, he had a special eye for rejecting opponents' shot attempts.

He says he's working hardest on his jumpshooting and adding strength in the weight room.

A current school list?

"Michigan, North Carolina, Villanova, Duke, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall," he said.

"I get a lot of mail and they talk to my coaches regularly," Banks said of the Tar Heel staff.

IC's Clint Jackson provided the following scouting report, highlighting the offensive skills Banks showcased over the weekend.

"He's a sleek wing player with a fine handle, and showed the capacity to put the ball on the floor and shed defenders. He utilizes a nice stutter step and changes speeds to keep defenders off balance. He showed nice range on his jump shot and canned some impressive three-balls in the two games that I saw him. Overall a nice high-major wing forward/shooting guard."

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