Inside the Recruitment: '16 SS/RHP Pierce Banks commits to Adrian

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Pierce BanksPierce Banks, SS/RHP, Parkway Christian

PBR: Why did you choose Adrian?
Pierce: I chose Adrian because the campus was great, I liked the coaches, it had my degree program, it had a smaller enrollment, and had a very "at home" feel to it.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?
Pierce: I was also talking with Bethany Lutheran, Dordt, Cornerstone, and Wayne State.

PBR: Adrian is one of the top D3 programs in the country, was that a factor in your decision?
Pierce: Yes, the fact that they have won their conference 7 times in a row definitely influenced my decision. The thought of having an opportunity to possible play for a D3 National Championship was influential in my decision as well.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you?
Pierce: The coaching staff first saw me at the PBR Preseason All State Showcase and continued to follow me during the summer season.

PBR: What team do you play for in the summer and what is your most memorable moment?
Pierce: I play for the JTB Tigers in summer ball. This will be my 6th season with the team. My most memorable moments was during 16u when we were playing at GVSU and I threw a 9 inning complete game shut out and we won on a 2 out triple in the bottom of the 9th.

PBR: Who is the toughest pitcher and hitter that you have faced?
Pierce: The toughest pitcher I've ever faced was Jared Tobey. He was a tall lefty who threw 3 pitches in 3 different arm slots and had a great change up. He's now pitching at Wayne State. The toughest hitter I've ever faced is either Luke Shilling or Daniel Robinson. Both guys have tremendous bat speed and can hit almost anything you throw up there whether it be in the strike zone or out of it.

PBR: Now that you have committed, what are your remaining goals for high school?
Pierce: My remaining goals for high school are to try and help bring a State Championship to Parkway Christian while also becoming a more polished player for college and to try and improve my draft stock.