Northwestern State adds local product Bankston

Parker Bankston

The Northwestern State men’s basketball signing class dots the country and the globe with representation from places like Greece, Arizona and Iowa.

But the Demons will have a local flavor with the addition of Natchitoches guard Parker Bankston.

The St. Mary’s product is a long-range shooter who scored 1,300 career points.

“It feels like Parker has already been here for awhile because he has attended our summer basketball camps since he was seven years old,” said NSU coach Mike McConathy. “Our staff has followed his development over the last several years, and it’s evident he’s worked on his craft because his production has been a huge part of the success of the St. Mary’s basketball program.

“His former coach Jason Kern and current coaches Tom Collins and Jacob Bankston have been instrumental in helping him become one of the most feared shooters in the state.”

The 5-foot-10 Bankston averaged more than 20 points per game as a senior, earning first-team all-area honors and an all-state honorable mention nod.

He added six assists and four steals per game in his final campaign.

Bankston made 237 career 3-pointers en route to St. Mary’s winning three district titles and making the Division IV state championship game in 2018.