In Jon Rothstein’s College Hoops Today article encompassing the Big Ten Offseason Breakdown, the college basketball insider named Indiana basketball incoming freshman, Kaleb Banks, as one of the top 10 ‘under-the-radar’ Big Ten freshman of the upcoming season.
Banks, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward from Fayette County High School in Georgia, was seemingly an under-recruited athlete who had just seven total Division I college offers, according to 247Sports. While his frame and strength were in question as he was coming out of high school, being named the Georgia Class 4A Player of the Year should hold a bit more weight than just the offers he received.
Based on his highlights from high school and AAU seasons, Banks is a super athletic forward, with the ability to play-make and score from all three levels. He will need to develop a consistent three-point jumper to make an impact as a freshman on the Indiana basketball program and earn time over upperclassmen. But Banks is one of my sleepers, behind teammate, Jalen Hood-Schifino, to compete for Big Ten Freshman of the Year next season.
Check out Kaleb Banks’ NBPA Top 100 Camp highlights HERE.
Rothstein also included in the article how he thinks of Indiana’s other freshman, Hood-Schifino and Malik Reneau, as two of the 15 impact freshmen in the Big Ten, along with his thoughts of who makes the Preseason All-Big Ten First Team and the winner(s) of Big Ten Player of the Year. Trayce Jackson-Davis made an appearance on the article a couple times as Big Ten Co-Preseason Player of the Year (with Hunter Dickinson) and on the All-Big Ten First Team, alongside Kris Murray (Iowa), Cliff Omoruyi (Rutgers), Hunter Dickinson (Michigan), and Zach Edey (Purdue).
Other Big Ten freshmen included on the ‘under-the-radar’ list (no particular order):
- Braden Smith (Purdue)
- Brice Sensabugh (Ohio State)
- Camden Heide (Purdue)
- Dasonte Bowen (Iowa)
- Derek Simpson (Rutgers)
- Dug McDaniel (Michigan)
- Jameel Brown (Penn State)
- Kebba Njie (Penn State)
- Tre Holloman (Michigan State)