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James Banks signs to play in Israel

Georgia Tech center James Banks addresses the McCamish Pavilion crowd on the team's senior night March 5, 2020. (Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics)
Georgia Tech center James Banks addresses the McCamish Pavilion crowd on the team's senior night March 5, 2020. (Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics)

Former Georgia Tech center James Banks has signed with a team in Israel’s basketball league.

Banks, who earned ACC all-defensive team honors as a junior and senior for the Yellow Jackets, signed with Hapoel Be’er Sheva, the first-division team announced Saturday. The team finished ninth in the 12-team league this past season.

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Banks played two seasons for the Jackets after transferring from Texas, averaging 10.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 46 games. In both seasons, he finished in the top-25 nationally in blocks per game and led the ACC as a junior.