Meet the Cowboys: A.J. Banks -- Persistence Paid off for Cowboys
LARAMIE – This summer GoWyo.com will feature the incoming Cowboy basketball players in a weekly feature named "Meet the Cowboys". The second installment features junior college transfer A.J. Banks. The junior will have two years of eligibility with the Cowboys after transferring from Pratt Community College in Kansas.
Banks, is a 6-2, guard from Las Vegas, Nev. He averaged 11.2 points per game last season in 25 games. Banks added three rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game. He shot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the three-point line. As a freshman at Pratt, Banks averaged 6.9 points per game and 2.3 assists per night.
He played his high school basketball at Cheyenne High School in Las Vegas. He averaged 11.4 points per game as a senior and led his team to a 16-7 overall record.
Banks also received recruiting interest from Utah State, Pacific, Florida International, Jackson State and Stetson.
GoWyo.com: What did you really like about Wyoming during the recruiting process?
Banks: I like how they stayed persistent throughout the whole recruiting process. The staff got to see me play more than any other team that recruited me and I felt very comfortable with them. They kept interest in me and really liked what I can do and I loved that.
GoWyo.com: What kind of player are Cowboys fans going see on the floor this upcoming season?
Banks: I think I'm really an all-around player that can get things done thanks to my athleticism. I'm a very unselfish player that will always look for the right play. I think fans will see a lot of athletic plays.
GoWyo.com: What are you working on this summer to prepare for the season?
Banks: One of my main focuses is becoming a better defender. Coach Edwards wants me to become a lockdown defender, so that is my main focus this summer.
GoWyo.com: You played in a tough junior college conference in the Jayhawk Conference. Did that prepare you for the next level?
Banks: It definitely did. The league was full of great players that are more than capable of playing at the Division I level. Night in and night out the talent level in the league was very high.
GoWyo.com: Being from Las Vegas does it excite you to be able to play in front of your family a few times a year?
Banks: It is one of the biggest thing I look forward to over the next few years is playing in front of my family and friends that may not have the chance to come out to Laramie.
GoWyo.com: What have you enjoyed about Laramie and the State of Wyoming since you got here?
Banks: The community has been unbelievable. Going to different events around Laramie and the state everyone has been so welcoming and are excited to have us play for the Cowboys.
GoWyo.com: How have the summer workouts gone so far?
Banks: The workouts have taught me to really fight through some adversity and have made me stronger and a better player. I have also learned so much on the system that coach Edwards has instilled at Wyoming.