Banks On Path To Be Ready For Start Of Season

Junior guard Brianna Banks is progressing well nearly four months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee March 14, according to UConn team athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle. A recent follow-up appointment with team doctor Robert Arciero further confirmed her progress.

“She is in the phase of her rehabilitation where we continue to develop strength, power and endurance,’’ Ragle said. “We have initiated plyometrics, jogging and agility drills and will introduce sport specific training when all of the aforementioned activities have improved. She is on target to be ready for the start of the basketball season.’’

Banks was having a breakout season when she was injured committing an offensive foul in the lane with 10:02 left in the first half at St. John’s Feb. 2. She averaged 7.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 17.7 minutes in 21 games.

Banks reached scored in double figures in seven games, including a stretch of four straight games from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19 that saw her produce a career-high 20 points against Colgate, 18 against Oakland and average 14.8 points in 21.8 minutes.

With only nine scholarship players next season, Banks will again have the opportunity to make an impact off the bench as the Huskies chase an NCAA-record ninth national championship.

“She’s worked really, really hard,’’ UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey said. “And it’s an easy thing to do and go through all the rehab while we’re playing. But she looks great. I asked her what she did when she went home. She said, `Rehab.’ So I think she’s really anxious and she’s working really hard. But as I tell her, `We don’t have a game until November. So don’t worry about anything except being ready for that.’’’

The Huskies begin their 31-game regular season against Hartford Nov. 9.