James Banks III
Imposing physical presence in the middle, proved to be an excellent rim protector and rebounder for the Jackets … Has a wingspan of 7 feet, 5.35 inches and a standing reach of 9 feet, 3.5 inches … Joined the Georgia Tech program in the summer of 2018 after playing two seasons at Texas … Received approval from the NCAA on November 13 granting him immediate eligibility … In 46 total games at Texas, Banks averaged 1.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 10.7 minutes per game, and surpassed all of his statistical totals in just 23 games last season at Georgia Tech … Wore No. 00 as a sophomore for Texas, No. 4 as a freshman.
2018-19 (junior at Georgia Tech)
One of the nation’s top rim protectors on one of the nation’s best defensive teams … Ranked 10th nationally in blocked shots (2.52 per game) and led the ACC in all games in in conference games only (2.56) … 31 blocks in his last 10 games, more than a third of his season total … Finished with 78 total blocks, same total as Ben Lammers accumulated as a senior … Enabled Tech to rank No. 15 nationally in effective field goal percentage defense and No. 13 in three-point defense, No. 37 in overall defensive efficiency … Received the most extensive playing time of his career (30.3 minutes per game, 32.8 mpg vs. ACC) … Started Tech’s last 25 games, moving into the lineup Dec. 1 vs. St. John’s (game 6) … Finished regular season strong, averaging 15.0 ppg and 9.0 rebounds in Tech’s final four games (11 and 7 at Virginia, 18 and 9 vs. Boston College, 19 and 9 at NC State, 12/11 vs. Notre Dame), while converting 26-of-35 shots from the floor and 8-of-11 from the free throw line … Tech’s No. 2 scorer in ACC games (11.4 ppg) and overall (10.5 ppg) … Converted 56.4 percent of his field goal tries in all games, 56 percent in ACC games … Converted 71.2 percent of his free throws in ACC games and taken 7.1 rebounds per game … Scored 20 points and hit 9-11 FG in his ACC debut vs. Wake Forest, 16 points each vs. Syracuse and Clemson (1st meeting), 24 (9-17 FG) vs. Louisville, 16 in first meeting vs. Notre Dame … Posted seven double-doubles – at Northwestern (12 points/12 rebounds), vs. St. John’s (14 pts/12 rebs), Gardner-Webb (22 pts, 12 rebs), at Arkansas (14 pts, career-high 14 rebs), Louisville (career-high 24 pts, 11 rebs), Notre Dame (16 pts, 10 rebs in first meeting, 12 pts, 11 rebs in ACC Tournament)
2017-18 (sophomore at Texas)
Played in 14 games, five in Big 12 play, averaging 6.8 minutes per game … Averaged 1.6 points, hitting 8-of-14 shots from the floor, and 1.7 rebounds while blocking 11 shots total.
2016-17 (freshman at Texas)
Played in 32 games … Ranked second on the team in blocks (39) … Averaged 1.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per contest … Recorded at least one blocked shot in 20 of his 32 games played … Set the UT freshman debut record for most blocked shots (5) to go along with 9 rebounds in 24 minutes during the season opener against Incarnate Word (Nov. 11) … Previous mark was 3 (Cameron Ridley vs. Fresno State in 2012; Damion James vs. Alcorn State in 2006) … Posted 3 blocks in 10 minutes against Kent State (Dec. 27) … Registered 5 points (2-3 FG, 1-1 FT), 4 rebounds and 1 block in 23 minutes at Georgia (Jan. 28) … recorded a season-high 6 points (2-3 FG, 2-2 FT) and 5 boards in 16 minutes at Oklahoma State (Feb. 11) … Posted 5 rebounds and 4 blocks in 22 minutes at No. 12/13 West Virginia (Feb. 20) … Had 4 points (2-2 FG), 4 boards and 3 blocks in 15 minutes against No. 11/11 West Virginia (Mar. 9) in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship quarterfinals … Named to the 2016-17 Academic All-Big 12 Conference Rookie Team … Earned a spot on the Spring 2017 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA).
In the summer of his freshman season, teamed with former UT teammates Jarrett Allen, Mohamed Bamba and Matt Coleman along with coach Shaka Smart to lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile … Played in four of the five games in the tourney and led Team USA in blocks (7) and ranked sixth on the team in rebounding (4.5 rpg) while playing 9.8 minutes per game.
Attended La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind. (head coach Shane Heirman) … Ranked as the No. 49 overall prospect in the nation by Scout, No. 57 by ESPN and No. 83 by Rivals following his senior year … Led the Lakers to a 27-4 overall mark during his senior season … Helped La Lumiere to the championship game at the 2016 Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals in New York City … Averaged 23 points and 14 rebounds per game in his junior season while playing at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (Atlanta, Ga.).
Full name is James Alton Banks III … Born Jan. 16, 1998 in Decatur, Ga. … Son of Sonja Banks … Has one older sister, Marissa Banks … Studying in History, Technology and Society at Tech.