He will probably never say as much, but it is a sure bet that at some point last season, sitting in his University of Texas dorm room, James Banks III watched Tech play basketball with Ben Lammers off the floor and saw his opportunity. Sylvester Ogbonda looked uncomfortable handling the ball. Abdoulaye Gueye was a high-energy player with zero offensive finesse. So Banks, realizing the prospect of playing time was slim in Austin, headed back home to Atlanta. Now, he is arguably the Jackets’ best player.
While Tech has its big man for the near future, Tech men’s basketball is in desperate need of something else: shooting threats.