J. C. Banks
|Full name||James Banks|
|Date of birth||August 24, 1989|
|Place of birth||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder
|2007–2010||UW–Green Bay Phoenix|
|2010||Chicago Fire Premier||9||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 25, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
College and amateur
Banks attended Riverside High School, where he was a four-time All-Conference, played in the Region II Olympic Development Program, and played club soccer for FC Milwaukee, before going on to play four years of college soccer at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. At Green Bay he was the Horizon League all-newcomer team as a freshman in 2007, was the 2009 Horizon League Player of the Year, and was a 2010 All-League First Team and All-Great Lakes Second Team selection.
After trialing with several clubs in Europe, including Swedish side BK Häcken, Banks signed with USL Professional Division club Rochester Rhinos. He made his professional debut on April 15, 2011 in Rochester's season opening game against the Richmond Kickers, and scored his first professional goal on April 23 in a 3-2 win over the Dayton Dutch Lions. He was selected as the Rhinos' rookie of the year following his first professional season. Rochester re-signed Banks for the 2012 season on October 25, 2011. He was voted the Rhinos' MVP after the 2012 season, tallying 5 goals and a league leading 8 assists.