Douglass’ Elijah Banks Basketball Spotlight Presented By Shelter Insurance Phillip Goode


Trojan basketball features several playmakers this season. Elijah Banks is only a junior and he’s making a big impact on the court for head coach Nathaniel Jones.

Banks started playing basketball in the fifth grade and his development over the years has come at a rapid pace. As a guard, Banks has shown the ability to lead and direct traffic on the floor.

“What I like most about playing guard is I get to put my teammates in the right spots,” said Banks.

Also a track and baseball player, Banks has the athleticism to create opportunities for himself and his teammates. This season the Trojans have one goal in mind, a state title.

“We will continue to play hard and make it to the state tournament,” said Banks.

As a student-athlete at Douglass High School, Banks is involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and he pushes himself to do well in class.
“Academics are very important to me,” said Banks. “I hope to go to college and proceed with my basketball career.”

The support from his mother and aunt mean a lot to Banks. They are always there to cheer him on and support him at home. When he’s not playing basketball you can usually find Banks spending time with family.

“I’m always working on my game and hanging with my brother,” said Banks.

Coach Jones and the Trojans have been impressive on the road this season and as the month of January comes to a close, look for Douglass to start getting hot. They go on the road to Capitol Hill before hosting Southeast, then they play a two-game series with Star-Spencer, the first of which is at Spencer. The Trojans close out the regular season on February 8th versus Spencer.