Chris Banchero: 6'1"/185 lbs. pos 1 (point guard)
Bio: Chris Banchero was named a Division II All-American and led the Seattle Pacific Falcons to a GNAC Championship and a spot in the Division II Tournament in 2010. In 2011 he was well on his way to being named the D-II National Player of the Year when his Senior season was cut short by an ACL injury in January 2011.
"We are very disappointed for Chris. He has worked extremely hard to make this season special for himself and our team," said SPU coach Ryan Looney. "I feel confident that Chris will work just as hard during his rehabilitation."
Despite the injury, Chris was still the No. 8 all-time scorer in SPU history, and like Coach Looney said, Chris has worked extremely hard to recover from the injury to achieve his basketball goals. Chris is the quintessential scoring point guard. He can penetrate to the basket or step back and drain the three.
Chris carried his team as he started his Senior season on a tear. He posted phenomenal scoring performances of 42, 38, 34, 33, 31, and 30 before the injury. Despite his 6'1" height, Chris doesn't rely on his outside game to put points on the board. He exercises his unique skill-set to get to the hole and finish--and get to the line. This is evidenced by some of his stats from the free-throw line (12-15, 13-15, 14-15, 10-12).
Over his career, Chris developed from a scorer to a complete point guard. His Senior season, Chris increased his scoring, rebounds, and assists, all while slashing his turnovers nearly in half. An Assist-to-Turnover ratio of 2.8:1 shows that Chris can take over the distribution role while providing the additional scoring threat that many teams need.
Career Highs: Points: 42 (Dominican (CA), 12/18/2010), Rebounds: 6 (five times), Assists: 10 (three times), Steals: 4 (four times)
Chris Banchero Video Links:
Seattle Pacific vs. E. Washington - 11/2/2010:
Seattle Pacific vs. Ft. Lewis - 11/26/2010:
Seattle Pacific vs. Dominican (CA) - 12/18/2010: