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La Lumiere School (IN) Post James Banks Commits To Texas

Class of 2016 standout James Banks of the La Lumiere School (IN) has committed to play his college basketball for head coach Shaka Smart and Texas.

Banks, a 6’10 center with big upside potential, ranks among the top 50 prospects nationally for the 2016 recruiting class. He compted on the Adidas Circuit with the Atlanta Celtics.

Vanderbilt, Illinois, Notre Dame and Purdue were all among a long line of schools that were actively involved with Banks.

Banks joins a 2016 recruiting class that also features highly regarded guard Jacob Young.

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IU Hires Derek Elston As Director Player Development

Indiana University head coach Tom Crean has hired former Hoosier player Derek Elston as their director of player development the school announced.


Elston's duties "will include player mentoring and life skills programming, administrative operations, and involvement in the program’s support services," according to the release.  Elston will also play a role in putting together community outreach events involving players as well.


Elston starred at Tipton High School (IN) as a prep and was part of Tom Crean’s 2009 recruiting class at Indiana.  He has played professionally in Malta and Portugal since graduating in 2013.


He had been living back in Bloomington when Crean contacted him about an opening.


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Denver's Gary Harris Set For Playing Time Boost

The Denver Nuggets appear set to give 2014 #1 pick Gary Harris more playing time this season according to the Denver Post.


Harris played 29 minutes in Denver’s preseason opener and scored 11 points on 4-8 shooting from the field.  Harris is projected as a two-way player who will both be able to defend as well as knock down open perimeter looks.


Harris saw little playing time as a rookie, but with Denver now rebuilding an opportunity exists for Harris to get a spot in the regular playing rotation potentially even as a starter.


Harris was a standout at Hamilton Southeastern High School (IN) ahead of playing two years for Tom Izzo at Michigan State before entering the NBA.


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