Big Sky Conference Feature: Jabril Banks
Feb. 8, 2008
Big Sky Profile:
Sport: Men's basketball
Jabril Banks has taken
Q: Jabril, you starred at
A: One of the main reasons I ended up coming back is I wanted to be closer to home, and a saw it as a good opportunity to come back. Coach Hill (UNC assistant coach B.J. Hill) was an assistant my freshman year at Indian Hills. I knew him well, so I knew I was coming into a good situation.
Q: Robert Palacios, a junior guard from Venezuela, for the Bears, also played at
A: Oh yeah. Robert is an independent person. He spends a lot of time working on his school and getting better on his English. I try to help when I can. He's always doing salsa dancing, and trying to get me into salsa. I don't have the footwork for that. He's tried, but it's not looking too pretty.
Q: I've seen you on television a few times this season, and I've been really impressed with your athleticisms and play in the paint. What do you feel your strengths are on the court?
A: On the court, I try to be vocal. I try to be a vocal leader on the team. That's one of the best things I give my team right now. I'm trying to be a presence on interior defense and help our bigs out.
A: Coach Boyle has been getting good players who honestly care about each other and aren't selfish. We want to play basketball and we want to win. He's brought in good character guys. When I was at Indiana Hills I went through a lot of ups and downs and found out a lot about myself. I tried to bring everything I have to
Q: Back in January, the Bears scored a huge upset, knocking off
A: It was a big win. Every one was just so focused to play. We came out in that big arena and saw all of the fans going crazy and counting us out. That had us ready to play, got our juices going. We come to compete every night. That was definitely a big win for us.
Q: With six games left in conference play, the Bears are 3-7 in conference. In order to qualify for the conference tournament, you are going to need to win some road games, something the Bears haven't accomplished yet. Why do you think you've struggled on the road, and how do you change that?
A: We need to come back better prepared. We need to know the scouting report and communicate on defense. A road game is a whole different story, a whole different atmosphere. It's just us against the world. When it's an away game we know what we have to do and we have to play together as a team.
Q: What's been the biggest adjustment going from junior college to Division I?
A: My community college was small. Here at
Q: I understand you have your last name tattooed across your back. Tell me about that.
A: I represent my family with pride. A bunch of my family members, cousins, some brothers and sisters, got the tattoo. I like to think it's a family tradition. I want to carry on the family tradition, and I don't want to ever to anything to disrespect my family name.'
Q: Do you have a lot of family members come up from
A: They come out every single night now. They never got a chance to watch me play in community college. I was in the middle of nowhere in
Favorite musician: Jay-Z.
Favorite TV show: SportsCenter.
Favorite movie: "Little Nicky"
Favorite class: Small group communication
Favorite thing about
Favorite pro athlete: Carmelo Anthony
Favorite Big Sky road arena:
What do you hope to do with your major? If basketball doesn't work out, I'd like to have a radio talk show. It would be very opinionated with current events. I want to voice my opinion of the world.