Posted On: 01/12/19 1:37 PM

Eau Claire North wasn't necessarily expected to be a top contender in the Big Rivers Conference this season. While the Huskies did lose quite a bit from last season's 21-4 squad, they did return junior point guard Dalton Banks, which has proven to be more than enough to stay in the hunt.

"Individually, I feel that I've taken a huge step forward as far as my jump shot and being able to score in different ways," Banks told Prep Hoops Wisconsin. "I feel like my playmaking and my overall game has taken a huge jump.

"As a team, I think we've kind of turned some heads. I know a lot of people picked us to finish low in the conference and here we are halfway through and we're tied for first. I think we're definitely surprising some people.

"Hopefully in March, we're playing our best basketball."

Banks is averaging 26.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game this season as North is currently 8-3 overall and tied atop the conference with a 4-2 record.

Sitting ninth in the Prep Hoops Wisconsin class of 2020 rankings, Banks could be poised to land as high as No. 5 by the

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