Head Coach Mike Gillian has add another high quality addition to the 2012 Recruiting Class for Lancers. Anthony Banks, a 6’7 forward, will be joining the squad after prepping two years at Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY. Banks is originally from the Roanoke area where he was a two-time all-state player at North Cross High School. At North Cross he averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 blocks per game. He also was named the state defensive player of the year, was the fastest to ever score 1,000 points at his high school, and is the North Cross’ all-time leader in blocks.
Banks originally was supposed to go to UT-Chattanooga out of high school but chose to prep instead. He had some injury woes at Monroe but managed to average 8 points and 6 rebounds this past season. His numbers went up greatly when he was healthy enough to contribute in the national tournament. Monroe went 33-4 this past year.
Banks chose Longwood over UNC-Greensboro, Georgia State and Southern University. He said the chance to play in the Big South played a key role according to Doug Doughty of The Roanoke Times:
“When Longwood first recruited me, [the Lancers] were independent, I wasn’t going to go there if they weren’t in a conference. When they got in the Big South that was big. It will make it easier for my family see me play. That was the turning point.”
Banks, originally a two-star recruit in high school, joins an already talented incoming class for Mike Gillian which includes Karl Ziegler, Nik Brown, Lucas Woodhouse, Frank Holloway, and Kirk Staine. Look for Lancers to add one more player before the 2012-13 season. By all accounts Banks is a workhorse who should add some experience and an immediate impact for the Lancers.
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