Banks Selected as Eighth Overall Pick in Supplemental Draft
NEW YORK, N.Y. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Green Bay men's soccer senior JC Banks (Milwaukee, Wis.) has been selected as the eighth overall pick in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft held Tuesday in New York, N.Y. Banks was drafted in the first round by Toronto FC and one of four picks on the day by the Reds.
"These are players who have shown good potential," said Paul Mariner, Toronto FC's Director of Player Development. "We will evaluate them and see where they fit into our plans as we move forward towards the new season."
After a two-year absence, the Supplemental Draft was held this year as a result of the expansion of developmental rosters and reserve teams. Banks was one of two Horizon League players selected in this year's draft as Butler's Ben Sippola was selected as the 30th overall pick in the second round.
The 2009 Horizon League Player of the Year and 2010 First-Team All-League selection was one of 54 college seniors from 36 Division I schools invited to and participated in the MLS Soccer Combine held Jan. 7-11 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
"JC being selected by Toronto FC is an honor and testament of his hard work and dedication," said Green Bay men's soccer head coach Tom Poitras. "He has some great options for starting his professional career and Toronto FC could be a great fit."
Along with classmate David Prochazka (Gothenburg, Sweden), Banks is currently in Gothenburg, Sweden training with BK Haken, which is a top-level professional Swedish team.