Banks trying to make the grade

If Sean Banks had only known, he would have hit the books harder – and sooner.

Now the Bergen Catholic (N.J.) junior swingman, who was arguably the top player at last month's Tournament of Champions, is just hoping North Carolina puts forth a scholarship offer in spite of his academic shortcomings.

"I think a few schools have backed off because of my grades," said Banks, who has a 2.2 GPA and came up short of qualifying on his first attempt at the SAT. "But I don't feel that I have an attitude problem or anything like that."

"I didn't know how important grades really were," he added. "Or I would have worked harder. But my school is hard and it's one of the top academic schools in the state. In all fairness, I'm not going to a bad school."

Banks said that the Tar Heels staff has spoken to his AAU coach, Jimmy Salmon, and he's hoping that Matt Doherty or one of his assistants will call on June 21 – the first day that coaches are allowed to call recruits.

However, he has backed off recent comments in which he said he'd commit if offered by UNC.

"Yeah, it's a dream school but there's other schools out there as well," Banks said.

Banks said that his performance at the TOC wasn't all that different than how he's been playing of late, now that he's taken Salmon's advice and worked on his mid-range game instead of settling for 3-pointers.

Banks said that he's weighing three offers right now – Maryland, Memphis and Pittsburgh – and he got a fourth, UMass, as well.

Banks took an official visit to Pittsburgh this past weekend and hung out with Brandin Knight. He also intends to visit both Maryland and Memphis.

"All three of them – Maryland, Pittsburgh and Memphis – are the same until I go on the other visits," he said. "I won't know who's the leader until then."

Banks said that Rutgers, Seton Hall, UConn, Georgia Tech and N.C. State have all expressed interest of late while he's no longer hearing from Villanova, St. John's or Syracuse.

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