James Madison’s Darius Banks transfers to UT Chattanooga

Former St. Petersburg standout Darius Banks has transferred from James Madison to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

“I just felt right about the decision after continuously talking it over with my coaches and my mom,” he said.  

Banks, who averaged double figures in scoring each of the past three seasons with the Dukes, entered the transfer portal about a month ago. He said he decided to leave after coach Louis Rowe and James Madison mutually agreed to part ways. Rowe was a former standout at Lakewood and his local ties were instrumental in landing Banks, who was a four-star recruit with the Green Devils. 

Once Banks decided to transfer, he said he heard from several schools, including USF. That is where the inquiries ended with the Bulls. 

“(USF) called me one time when I put my name in the portal and that was about it,” Banks said. 

Banks picked the Mocs over Florida Gulf Coast, Louisiana Lafayette and the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

UT Chattanooga went 20-13 and lost in the second round of the Southern Conference tournament this past season.