In order for a team to land a highly rated recruit, it has to first get him to make a visit to the school. To the credit of Jim Ferry and his coaching staff, they’re starting to do that, which is a good sign for the future of Dukes basketball. The latest highly skilled player that’s coming to town is Florida star Darius Banks.
Banks (6-5, 210) is a shooting guard from St. Petersburg, Florida and plays for the Nike Team Florida AAU team. According to two scouting services (ESPN and Scout), Banks is a 4-star recruit. Here’s Scout’s scouting evaluation of Banks.
“Slasher who possesses long range ability. Strong, physical wing prospect with athleticism. He’s aggressive when he has a chance to drive the ball and is capable of finishing through contact at the rim.”
“I didn’t know much about Duquesne at first but as I started talking with the coaches and looking at the school online, the more I wanted to visit. Plus, the coaches showed me that they really want me a lot,” said Banks.
Banks holds offers from Duquesne, Kansas State, George Mason, Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, South Florida, Wyoming and UNC Greensboro. So, where do the Dukes sit with Banks?
“They are in my Top 5. My relationship with the coaches is good, we talk all the time. The Duquesne coaches believe I can start as a freshman which is big for me and they also believe I fit their style of play.”
Banks describes himself as a player that “can drive and get to the hole.” He has the ability to handle the ball and distribute, but can also “get on the wing and shoot your lights out. If needed Banks says he can “also get down low and work with the big men.”
So, what will be a big factor for the school that Banks eventually selects?
“Right now I think it’s getting on the court as a freshman early. I mean that’s what every player wants coming into college and I’m working hard for it.”
Banks would have that chance at Duquesne and I’m sure that subject will come up when he makes a visit on September 15th.