Shanks (Prior Lake (MN) HS) plays regularly with his travel team the Minnesota Pump N Run but this weekend, Shanks will be playing with the talented Wisconsin Playground Warriors, a group that features at least three future BCS scholarship players. Shanks and the Playground Warriors will travel to North Carolina to play in the Bob Gibbons Tournament.
I played against the Playground Warriors last year with my Minnesota Select team (and) I met Ritchie Davis and Bronson Koenig (2013 point guard from La Crosse Aquinas) during the tournament," Shanks told Badger Nation. "Davis who runs the Playground Warriors contacted me about playing with the Warriors through Facebook."
Shanks and the Playground Warriors should have success in this weekend's tournament in North Carolina, they won the tournament last season, but according to Shanks, this might be the only time he plays with the Warriors.
"I'll be playing with them just for this weekend," Shanks said. "I know it's going to go well and it's going to be a lot of fun playing with the Warriors."
Shanks should have the chance to show off his skills this weekend, as well.
"For my size I feel like I have good footwork and I feel like I can handle the basketball well," Shanks said. "One area I need to improve on is my strength. I've been skinny all my life. I also would like to improve my conditioning as well."
On the recruiting front, Shanks has received a lot of early interest from the University of Wisconsin. The interest is mutual, as Shanks has been on a couple of unofficial visits to see the Wisconsin campus and their facilities.
"I came down this past year for the Ohio State football game and the Michigan State basketball game," Shanks said. "I talked to coach Bo Ryan a little bit the days of the Ohio State football game and after the Michigan State basketball game. After the Michigan State game, I went into the locker room and talked to coach Ryan for five to ten minutes. Coach (Greg) Gard has been my main recruiter so far."
With Wisconsin having three opening in the 2013 recruiting class and losing post players Mike Bruesewitz and Jared Berggren, the Badgers will be the market for two big men to fill the void. Shanks will have a great opportunity to be one of those players with a strong performance in front of the coaching staff next month.
"I plan on seeing the campus again next month when I attend Wisconsin Elite camp," Shanks said.