IUWBB: Janese Banks added as assistant coach

Janese Banks will join Teri Moren’s staff at Indiana as an assistant coach, the school announced Monday.

Banks replaces Todd Starkey, who was recently named head coach at Kent State.

“We are excited to have Janese join us here at Indiana,” Moren said in a statement. “After tremendous playing careers at Ben Davis High School and at the University of Wisconsin, she has quickly established herself as a rising star in our profession.

“Janese is an energy giver, a tireless worker and a relationship builder. She will be a terrific role model for our young people. Janese has a deep appreciation for the state of Indiana and Indiana basketball.  We’re thrilled she’ll be joining Hoosier Nation!”

Banks was an All-Big Ten player at Wisconsin, averaging 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game from 2005-2008.  A native of Indianapolis, she was an Indiana All-Star for Ben Davis in 2004.

Banks’ coaching stops include Auburn, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and, most recently, IUPUI. Last year, the Jaguars won 21 games, which is the third highest total in program history.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining the Hoosier family,” Banks said in a statement.  “I want to thank Coach Teri Moren for providing me the opportunity to stay in my home state and continue to drive the passion that Indiana basketball already represents.”

Along with her experiences as a player and coach, Banks also brings another recruiting piece to the IU coaching staff. She is the daughter of James Banks, who is the director of the Indy Gym Rats, one of the premiere AAU programs in the state of Indiana.

Indiana blue-chippers such as Lindsey Corsaro, Darby Foresman, Jackie Young and Ali Patberg (both Notre Dame) and others have matriculated through the Gym Rats’ program. Foresman is the only in-state recruit in IU’s 2016 class, and Moren has emphasized a need to better recruit the state.

Corsaro, a McDonald’s All-American who recently reopened her recruitment after initially pledging to Kentucky, currently has IU on on her list of schools to consider. Her list also includes Baylor, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and Washington.

9 comments

  1. This is a great hiring for IU women’s basketball. Along with being from the State of Indiana, she should provide great relationship with girls from our state since she has been associated with the Gym Rats program, this certainly can’t hurt! It is great to here that Lindsey Corsaro may be considering IU. All kinds of strange things going on with the Kentucky program where 7 girls have either transferred or have de-committed in the last year. Corsaro was a very highly sought after high school recruit who originally had committed to Kentucky and backed out this past month. It just shows you how far our program has come this past two years that we are now mentioned as a possibility along with the schools mentioned in the article which are among the best in the nation. This speaks very well of our program and the coaches!

  2. Yes, T . Moren took over about a year and 9 months ago on the run and has made really good progress. How good a coach is she? It is going to be a challenge to match or better last year. She seems to be a creative coach taking opportunities to better the girls personally and as a team.

  3. This is an absolute home run hire.
    Gives IU an instant kick-start when it comes to recruiting Indiana high school players.
    Hate to lose Todd, but Janese may well bring just as much if not more to the coaching staff.
    GO IU!

  4. Smart Hire by Moren to bring in such a recruiting piece and connection to the gym rats. Corsaro may have never put IU on her potential list had it not been the successful run of this past season.

  5. There are a lot of very good things happening at the Indiana Women’s Basketball program. Keep the positive energy Coach Moren! What a difference 2 years can make!

  6. Ive read a couple articles where her Corsaro’s father has said she hasnt ruled out ky . as yet but wanted to take a look at the interest in her. Corsaro is listed as #35 in espn hoopgurls and was a mcdonalds all american so you would love to see her choose IU as it would allow her parents and friends the closeness to where she would play.

  7. The most recent article on Lindsey Corsaro from 5-12 appears in espnw and in that article it is stated that Corsaro wants to choose a school by the first week of June. Those same 7 schools are all listed in alphabetical order in which IU is still on the list.

  8. Steve, I read that article this morning and was going to come on and refer to it but, you beat me to it, good job. I know the competition is great but, what a great coup it would be to sign her! Go Hoosiers!

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