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Posted On: 06/18/18 10:04 AM
Jake Banfield is one of the smallest players in Oklahoma, but a guy I would take on my team any day of the week. The heart, toughness, and hard work of Banfield make up for everything he lacks in size. He is projected by Prep Hoops to be one of the top NAIA Division II level prospects. The goals Banfield has set for himself are to put him in the best position this summer to make a name for himself playing with Teamwork Oklahoma.
“My goals are to keep improving on my range,” said Banfield. “To become a more consistent three-point shooter. Also, to get my body right and get in the best possible shape that I can.”
The last part is due to the way Banfield plays every game. If Banfield is suiting up you can bet you will get a player that will dive on the floor for a ball, be efficient, and productive. This past winter I saw Banfield dive on the floor losing a tooth and he missed all of 1 minute of the game. He is tough as nails with a great basketball mind that adds to his set of skills.
“I’m looking for the right fit,” said Banfield. “I want to go somewhere where I am wanted and feel loved. I want to be able to make an impact and to get along with the coaching staff and team like family.”
The college interest has started to come from NCAA Division III, NAIA Division II, and several NCAA Division II’s asking him to come to camp. Banfield needs just an opportunity to show he can help a team at the next level win basketball games. That very reason is why Banfield will be successful in landing at a college program.
The greatest strength of Banfield’s game is the way he can run the Point. The feel he has for the game, ability to get his teammates the ball in great situations and a nice pull up from mid-range are what separates him. He also uses his quickness to get past defenders.
Banfield will always have to overcome his size, especially on defense. He is effective on defense because of the constant pressure he puts on the ball.
Banfield should see a spike in his recruitment at the small college level in July.
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