EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Eau Claire North point guard Dalton Banks has improved year-over-year and turned himself into one of Wisconsin’s top basketball prospects in the class of 2020.
“If you’re in the gym working on your game, working on your details every single day you’re going to get the results you want," Banks said. "And I think that was the big jump not only from sophomore to junior year, but from freshman to sophomore year as well. I just continued to stay in the gym, I was consistent working on things that I needed to work on and obviously it showed out on the court.”
Banks averaged 22.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 2.6 steals per game this past season earning himself Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year honors and a spot on the AP All-State 3rd team. The stat stuffer tallied a trio of triple-doubles on his way to becoming North’s all-time leading scorer despite playing with a face mask and an injured hip at the end of his junior campaign.
“It was a grind obviously playing a lot of minutes, facing injuries," Banks added. "I truly just tried to do whatever I could to help our team win. Whether that was 10 assists, whether that was 5 steals, whether that was a 30-point game - I really just was trying to do whatever I could to get a win. Fortunately I have the skill set to be able to do those things and I just tried to use it to my best advantage.”
After graduating a wealth of experienced players in 2018, the Huskies went from 21-4 to 14-9 last season with a first round exit in the playoffs. Banks has a lot of accolades to his name, but he’s never played in the state tournament in Madison – something he’s hoping can happen his senior year.
“The one thing I’m missing is that trip to the Kohl (Center)," Banks said. "I mean I think that’s the one thing that I really could get that would solidify me as one of the best players here. We’re working really hard to try and accomplish that.”
Given his success and all-around game Dalton Banks has drawn interest from plenty of Division-I college programs including two in-state (UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay) and two out-of-state (North Dakota State and South Dakota) scholarship offers. As he begins his final year on the AAU circuit Banks says he’ll use this summer to improve his game before making a commitment in the fall.