Texas center James Banks granted release by University, will seek transfer

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Texas center James Banks granted release by University, will seek transfer

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Texas center James Banks granted release by University, will seek transfer

Hours after junior guard Eric Davis announced his decision to forego his senior season and turn pro, the Texas basketball program lost another upperclassman in center James Banks.

Banks, who played a total of 95 minutes in 14 games this season, averaged 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.  During the 2016-2017 season he logged 397 total minutes and scored 53 points.

Banks, a 4-star prospect and a Top-100 national recruit out of high school, was ranked as one of the top-10 centers in the country.

He becomes the potential 5th player to depart Shaka Smart’s program since the team lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to Nevada.  Mo Bamba, Kerwin Roach and Eric Davis have all announced plans to turn pro, while Jacob Young announced his decision to transfer last Thursday.  Roach could remain at Texas if he doesn’t have a favorable draft prognosis, as he hasn’t hired an agent.

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