Bans Staying in RI at Bryant
Bryant University landed a verbal commitment from local product Erickson Bans on Sunday night.
The Shea High School star is already the first player to score over 2,000 career points in the RIIL since 1999 and has a chance to finish his career as the leading scorer in state history.
Bans also got the opportunity to prove himself against higher levels of competition this spring and summer when he ran with Expressions Elite and played consistent rotation minutes for a team that returned to the EYBL Finals.
Bans told NERR's Zack Sandberg that the opportunity to play for Bryant's second year head coach Jared Grasso was a big part of his decision.
"He's just everything you would want in a coach," Bans said. "His ambition and love for the game is over the roof and he is willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I want to go in the next four years in life, which is pro."
While Bans has proven be a versatile and dangerous scorer in the RIIL, his time in the EYBL allowed him to show added dimensions to his game with his passing ability and natural feel for the game.
He becomes the third guard, and second local prep product, to commit to Bryant this year as he joins Woodstock Academy's Joseph Moon and junior college transfer Chris Childs, who was once a post-graduate at Woodstock Academy himself.
Below are highlights from Bans' 57 point game last February vs. Tolman.