A product of Youngstown State University, Banks made Horizon League pitching staffs sweat whenever he came to the plate as a senior. He led the conference with a .385 average and was second with a .466 on-base percentage. He also smacked 16 doubles and five homers for a league-leading .578 slugging percentage while driving in 44.
Furthermore, Banks hit .324 for his career. In 192 games for the Penguins over a four-year span, the left-handed batter had 42 doubles, 17 homers and drove in 137.