Indiana added to their 2022 recruiting class this weekend with the news that 6’8” forward Kaleb Banks has verbally committed to the school.
Banks is a four-star prospect from the state of Georgia. The forward is currently ranked by 247Sports as the 124th best prospect in the 2022 class, the 20th best power forward and second best player from Georgia. Banks joins a 2022 class that also includes three-star shooting guard CJ Gunn, an Indianapolis native. There was plenty of interest in Banks, with Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Miami (among others) all making a scholarship offer to the forward.
“I just got that feeling that Indiana was the right place to be in my heart,” Banks stated. “I just thought, why wait?”
Banks had received an offer in April and visited campus two weeks ago. While Banks, who has recently seen his stock rise considerably, was planning on spending the summer to increase his recruiting options, the visit to Bloomington helped sway him to commit. The combination of being impressed by the Hoosiers facilities and his relationship with assistant coach Yasir Rosemond seemingly were the deciding factor.
“Me and coach Rosemond have had a relationship for a year and a half now. He’s someone I really trust,” Banks said. Indiana’s latest recruit would also go on to describe the facilities on campus as a “player’s dream,” highlighting both the team facilities and the intimacy of Assembly Hall.
While Banks is slotted to likely play the three at Indiana, his skillset and Mike Woodson’s likely style of play could allow Banks to also float and play both guard spots as well. At the high schools level he’s shown a strong perimeter game and should allow Indiana to help stretch the floor while offering some much needed shooting. This past season Banks averaged 23.5 points per game and was the Georgia Class 4A Region 5 Player of the Year.