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Anthony Banks Signs to Play Basketball at Concord

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Concord University men's basketball head coach Kent McBride has announced the signing of 6-7 junior forward Anthony "AD" Banks for the 2013-14 season.

"We are very excited to have Anthony join the Concord Men's Basketball Program," McBride said. "AD has had success at every stop and will bring that winning attitude here to Concord.  His versatility and ability to play in our up-tempo style of play will be very exciting to see in the coming years. We anticipate AD helping us continue the recent success of Concord."

A native of Roanoke, Va. who went to North Cross High School, Banks played his first two seasons of college basketball at Monroe College, a two-year institution located in Rochelle, N.Y. Banks will begin classes at Concord in January and have two years of eligibility with the Mountain Lions starting with the 2013-14 season.

In 73 games at Monroe, Banks shot 47.5 percent from the floor and averaged 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.6 steals per game. Banks helped lead Monroe to a 64-9 record in two seasons.

As a sophomore in 2010-11, Banks started 19 of 37 games played for a Monroe squad that went 33-4 and finished in fifth place at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament. He averaged 7.9 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game on the year for the Mustangs.

Before attending Monroe, Banks was an all-state selection and a three time all-district honoree at North Cross. He graduated from high school as the program's all-time leader in blocked shots and was the quickest player in school history to score 1,000 points.