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Texas hooks center James Banks for 2016

The Texas Longhorns addressed a major area of need on its roster going forward on Thursday, landing a verbal commitment from 6′-10″ center James Banks of La Lumiere School (IN).

With Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Connor Lammert set to graduate from this year’s team, Shaquille Cleare was going to be the only big man on next year’s roster before nabbing Banks.

Short on basketball experience, Banks has numerous physical gifts and can be a defensive presence. Cleare is expected to be a steadying force on the 2016-2017 roster, and Banks can learn behind him before potentially starting as a sophomore. His athletic ability means he can keep up in an up tempo setting that head coach Shaka Smart may bring to Texas.

The Longhorns previously held a pledge from in-state guard Jacob Young.

Texas Scholarship Grid

Point GuardsEric Davis (So)Eric Davis (Jr)Eric Davis (Sr)Jacob Young (Sr)
Jacob Young (Fr)Jacob Young (So)Jacob Young (Jr)
WingsDamarcus Croaker (Sr)Jordan Barnett (Sr)Kerwin Roach (Sr)Andrew Jones (Sr)
Kendal Yancy (Sr)Tevin Mack (Jr)Tevin Mack (Sr)
Jordan Barnett (Jr)Andrew Jones (So)Andrew Jones (Jr)
Kerwin Roach (So)
Tevin Mack (So)
Andrew Jones (Fr)
PostsShaquille Cleare (Sr)James Banks (So)James Banks (Jr)James Banks (Sr)
James Banks (Fr)Jarrett Allen (So)Jarrett Allen (Jr)Jarrett Allen (Sr)
Jarrett Allen (Fr)Royce Hamm (Fr)Royce Hamm (So)Royce Hamm (Jr)
Jericho Sims (Fr)Jericho Sims (So)Jericho Sims (Jr)

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and He founded in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's, and, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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