Texas freshman James Banks (4) goes to the basket between TCU's Alex Robinson (25) and Vladimir Brodziansky (10) during a NCAA college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

James Banks announces he will transfer from Texas

Posted March 28th, 2018

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Sophomore center James Banks announced Wednesday that he will transfer away from the Texas basketball program.

The 6-foot-10 native of Decatur, Georgia, played a total of 95 minutes during his second season with the Longhorns playing behind the likes of Mo Bamba and Jericho Sims. Banks averaged 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

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He became the second player to announce his departure from Texas on Wednesday, after Eric Davis Jr. revealed that he is turning pro. Bamba is leaving for the NBA, Jacob Young will transfer and Kerwin Roach II has declared for the NBA Draft — although he could still return.

Banks showed promise during his freshman season, when he appeared 32 times and averaged 1.7 points and 2.5 rebounds. He was expected to take on a larger role in 2017-18, but ended up getting passed in the rotation by Sims.

“I appreciate all of James’ work and effort over the past two years,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. “We wish James and his family all the best moving forward.”

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