Talented Bergen Catholic wing Sean Banks decided to cast his lot with Memphis last week and RivalsHoops.com caught up with the New York native to get his thoughts on what has transpired over the last week.
Banks related that while some other schools had made a strong push for him, it was Calipari and his Memphis staff's dogged approach that won him over.
"I decided on Memphis because of Coach Cal," said Banks. "He was at all of my games this summer and always managed to be at half court in the front row. Other schools showed interest, but I knew(Memphis) they really wanted me."
Banks said that another Conference USA program made a late push for his services.
"Cincinnati came on late and wanted me to take a visit in the fall," said Banks. "I think they would have offered me then."
Banks chose Memphis over offers from Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Depaul, and Maryland.
While Banks thought that he could hold up under the intense glare of the recruiting scrutiny, he began to tire of the process and decided to wrap things up.
"It just took a toll on me," said Banks. "I thought I could wait before making a decision, but I just decided to go and do it."
Banks said that the staff at Memphis sees him as someone that can come in and pitch in right away.
"They see me as someone who can come in and have an impact freshman year," said Banks.
The other big fish Memphis hooked this week, Kendrick Perkins, should make for a tantalizing inside-outside duo with Banks if the former doesn't opt for the NBA draft.
"As of now, if Kendrick stays, we'll have one of the top one or two recruiting classes in the country," said Banks. "(Perkins) is dominant. He'll be a force freshman year. Having him in the post will take some pressure off of me on the wing."
And now the pressure for Banks is off. Congratulations to Sean and Memphis on his decision.