Former Flames Star Cedrick Banks Earns Professional Honor

Cedrick Banks is making a big splash with Orleans of France's Pro A League.
Cedrick Banks is making a big splash with Orleans of France's Pro A League.

Oct. 27, 2008

Chicago, Ill.- Former UIC men's basketball standout Cedrick Banks was named the Player of the Week in French professional basketball by the Pro Exposure Basketball Network, the organization announced on Monday.

The award makes Banks eligible for Pro Exposure Top Five Performances From Around The World recognition this Friday.

Banks scored 31 points in Orleans' 79-64 win over Rouen this past Saturday. Banks is averaging 22.0 points per game after five contests with Orleans, a team in France's Pro A league.

Now in his fourth year of professional basketball, Banks spent last season in Israel playing for Maccabi Rishon leZion after spending two seasons with the French club SLUC Nancy and a year with the Pro B team Besancon. He has also shined professionally for the Nebraska Cranes of the United States Basketball League and the Chicago Bulls' Pepsi Pro Summer League team.

The Chicago native finished his four-year UIC career as the Flames' all-time leading scorer, pouring in 2,097 points from 2001-2005. The pride of Westinghouse High School, where he teamed with fellow Flames standout Martell Bailey, Banks was a three-time All-Horizon League First Team selection who helped the Flames win a pair of Horizon League Championships (2002, 2004) and advance to two NCAA Tournaments (2002, 2004) and an NIT (2003) during his tenure.