College - Duke

Gene Banks is in his fourth season in the Wizards organization and first season as a scout. Banks spent the previous three seasons as assistant coach/player development. Banks brings over 30 years of top-level basketball experience to the staff, including stints playing and coaching in the NBA, CBA, NCAA and overseas.

Banks attended Duke University, and finished his collegiate career with averages of 16.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while earning First Team All-ACC honors as a senior and Second Team honors his first three seasons (including recognition as the ACC Rookie of the Year after helping the Blue Devils reach the NCAA championship game). Banks was a two-time NCAA All-American, led the ACC in scoring as a senior, and graduated from Duke with a degree in History. After serving as commencement speaker at graduation, he was later inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

Following his career at Duke, Banks was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round (28th overall) of the 1981 NBA Draft. He went on to play four seasons (1981-85) for the Spurs before being traded to Chicago, where he would play the final two seasons of his career (1985-87). Banks compiled career averages of 11.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in 468 NBA games, with his best year coming in 1982-83 when he averaged 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting .550 from the floor in 81 games for the Spurs.

Banks has been active in the community throughout his playing and coaching career, serving as a motivational speaker and mentoring underprivileged youth through his work with the Gene Banks Foundation. He has two sons and three daughters, all raised by Banks as a widower after his wife, Isabelle, tragically passed away after battling Multiple Sclerosis.