Banks Not Returning for Fifth Year

Nate Bauer, Senior Editor
Blue White Illustrated

Following a disappointing redshirt junior season at Penn State, California native Payton Banks and the Nittany Lions are parting ways, the program announced Friday afternoon.

Penn State hoops' season of change continues.

Following a disappointing 15-18 overall record, 6-12 in the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions announced transfers for Terrence Samuel and Isaiah Washington last week. Friday, the program followed the news by announcing the graduation and departure of veteran wing Payton Banks from the program

A starter in 13 of 32 games played this past season, Banks finished fourth on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game while averaging 26.7 minutes.

"We wish Payton the best moving forward and thank him for his four years at Penn State," said head coach Patrick Chambers via press release.


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As reported previously, Banks' redshirt junior season started well enough, but turned decidedly sour in the final third of the team's games.

One of the expected key contributors and a team captain to start the season, Banks was never able to regain his composure down the season's stretch. Starting with a solid 40.7 percent of his three point shots against nonconference competition, Banks saw that average dip to only 33.7 percent in the Big Ten on 35 of 104 attempts made.

From the story:

"Banks finished the season hitting just 18 of 69 attempts in Penn State’s final 10 games. From deep, the numbers were even worse as only 11 of 45 3-pointers went down, a percentage of just 24.4. Having nailed 62 of 157 before that point, Banks’ percentages from deep suffered a total dip of 15.1 percent."

Among the Lions' bulk 3-point shooters, numbering only Banks and point guard Shep Garner with 100-plus shots from deep each, the pair hit only 74 of 226; a rate of a combined 32.7 percent. As a team, the Lions finished 12th in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage, besting only Rutgers and Northwestern, respectively.

Acknowledging some of his struggles this season, Banks said that he let poor shooting performance compound through the remainder of the year.

“I let that get to me and as a shooter, you kind of have to have a short memory with that. I felt like I didn't do a very good job of having that short term memory,” said Banks. “So I think that definitely got to me and it just trickled on down through the rest of the game.”

Banks, like Washington and Samuel, is expected to graduate in May.

His opened scholarship creates three grants available to be filled before the start of Penn State's 2017-18 season.

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