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What New Texas Hoops Commit James Banks Brings to the Longhorns

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LA PORTE, Ind. – James Banks—6-foot-10, 230 pound La Lumiere School center—is highly regarded as one of the top 2016 basketball recruits in the nation; and that’s great news for the Texas Longhorns because he ended up committing this morning, according to multiple reports.

Per the ESPN 100 for 2016, Banks is the 56th best player in his class. The industry generated 247Sports Composite also checks him in at 56, and considers him to be the No. 5 center overall.

Banks will go down as a very big commitment for new Texas head coach Shaka Smart, and he’s without a doubt the type of player Smart needs to help take the Longhorns program to the next level. Smart’s 2016 class now features two commitments, with the other—point guard Jacob Young—also boasting a composite 4-star ranking.

With the addition of Banks, the class is now ranked No. 22 nationally, per the 247Sports composite team recruiting rankings, and 2nd in the Big 12. To illustrate just how big of commitment this was for Texas, consider the fact that the Longhorns jumped up 38 spots in the aforementioned national recruiting rankings now that Banks is aboard.

So what is it that makes the 2016 center such a notable commitment for Texas? All you have to do is look at his highlights:

Length is the first thing one notices about Banks. You know he’s tall when you see his measurables, but he has long arms and likely a very good wing-span, and that’s going to help him in a lot of ways. He’s smooth in the paint thanks to good footwork and what appears to be a very refined post-game for a player not even in his high school senior season yet. Banks has a soft touch around the rim and a very effective hook-shot, but he also has the power and size to go up strong and dunk the ball with authority.

Lastly, and this didn’t show up much in the highlight tape, but one would imagine his size and length down near the rim will allow him to be an effective rebounder and defender for Texas.

Overall, it’s easy to see why Banks’ commitment to the Longhorns made such a big splash this morning. He has a good post presence and the measurables and intangibles to be a very good college basketball player.

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