While new Southern Illinois University head coach Bryan Mullins has yet to coach a game for the Salukis, he has already made a major impact by landing the commitment of Dalton Banks. Banks, a 6’1” point guard of Eau Claire North High School (WI) and D1 Minnesota, announced his commitment to Mullins and Southern Illinois via twitter Tuesday evening. The commitment comes quickly after he took a visit to the Carbondale campus this past weekend. 

The senior picked SIU over his other scholarship offers of Ball State, Cal Poly, Montana, North Dakota State, South Dakota, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Wright State. Mullins and staff made Banks a priority this spring, offering him just a couple months after taking the job. 

Banks had been one of the more sought-after point guards in the Midwest after a tremendous junior year averaging 23 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds per game last season. He was able to rack up the mid-major offers in addition to drawing some high-major interest. Banks is a true point guard that can score and distribute the ball equally as well, in addition to being able to run an offense at a high level. 

In his short time as the head coach for Southern Illinois Mullins has found some success in Wisconsin. Back in May, he was able to get a commitment from Marcus Domask, a highly touted 6’5” 2019 small forward from Waupun High School. Banks is the first commitment for the Salukis 2020 class, but don’t expect him to be the last as Mullins has brought in plenty of talent already in the last few months.