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Posted On: 11/30/18 6:00 AM
One of the best parts about early in the season is getting our first look at some of the top freshman in the state. Very rarely will PrepHoopsIllinois check out a 14U game on the circuit, but back in July we caught a half of the Illinois Irish 14U squad. Their two guard really impressed. His name was Tye Banks.
The Springfield Lanphier 6’2” shooting guard has a chance to be the next guard to come out of Springfield. He has a nice frame and a smooth game. Banks made key plays late in their contest against Manual in the fourth quarter to help them get the W. Big time slash off the bounce finishing with his off hand. Drilled a corner three. Also hit key free throws late to win the game. Plays under control and didn’t get rattled on a big stage. We caught up with Banks after the game to discuss his first week at the high school level playing at the Abe’s Roundball Classic.
“It has been good. All my teammates and coaches are helping me out. I have to get into my flow better. That was a breakout game for me. I struggled in the first two games with turnovers. I have to get into my flow better.”
What does he see as his role on the team?
“Being the energy starter. Shooting threes, playing defense, and getting my teammates involved.”
The freshman broke down his game at this stage of his development.
“I am all-around. I like to do everything. I like to get my teammates involved. I like to score, rebound, and play defense.”
How did it go with the Illinois Irish 14U over the summer?
“It went good. I love playing with them. Those are my guys. I have been playing with them for three years now. We played good and got second place in GNBA.”