2013 Orange (Ca.) Lutheran guard Payton Banks has been garnering interest throughout the Pac-12 after a big high school season this past year.
Banks was recently named to the California CIF Division 1A First Team in addition to helping the Lancers to a second straight division title alongside Arizona bound guard Gabe York.
“I played with Gabe, not as the primary scorer but more of a secondary player – moving without the ball,” said the 6-foot-5 Banks. “I've always been ‘the man’ on my team, so last year was a great learning experience for me. I'm looking to be more of a leader next season and get back to being the primary guy.”
Part of the [link url=” http://fivestarbasketball.com/top25/weeks/3-april-11-2012”] nationally ranked [/link] Compton Magic AAU squad, Banks is looking to keep the good fortunes flowing on the circuit this summer.
“We are looking really good, we just had a showcase last weekend and we were looking good, and we didn’t have two of our better players,” Banks said. “I’ll be playing shooting guard or small forward this summer depending on matchups.”
As a result of all this success, Banks has been able to land a number of offers throughout the process from the likes of Southern Cal, Colorado, Washington, Arizona State, Washington State, UTEP, and Penn State.
“I've been talking to most of the schools who offered, but USC is always in contact with me, I have a really good relationship with their coaches.”
Growing up with visions of heading off to a major east cost program, age has humbled the 205-pounder, who is happy possibly be a part of the new look Pac-12.
“I think right now, especially because the conference is getting bigger and they just got that new TV deal, I have family out here so I would consider going back to the east coast, but not for the offers I have so far. So right now the Pac-12 is where I'm heading, it is just a matter of where.”
The point-forward hasn’t been on too many visits yet, and is looking to take some more at the conclusion of the AAU season.
“I'm going to see what I've got after the Magic season is over, and go from there. I’d like to get around to some of these campuses, so I won’t be deciding until at least the fall.”