Raiders' Bans is R.I. Gatorade Boys' Basketball Player of Year

Raiders' Bans is R.I. Gatorade Boys' Basketball Player of Year

Bryant-bound basketball standout will graduate with state-record 2,605 career points

PAWTUCKET — Less than a month after becoming the state’s all-time leading scorer, Shea High senior point guard Erickson Bans, pictured, was named the 2019-20 Gatorade R.I. Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year, the Gatorade Company reported on Thursday in a press release.

In its 35th year of honoring the nation’s top high school athletes, Gatorade’s award “recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.”

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Bans, who will continue his basketball career at Bryant University next winter, averaged 30.1 points and six assists heading into the Open Tournament. A three-time All-State selection, Bans will graduate with a state-record 2,605 career points.

Bans, who scored 35 points in his final high school game, an 80-71 loss to Portsmouth in the “Sweet 16’ round of the Open Tournament, had passed Robert Griffin, a 1999 graduate of St. Raphael Academy, who previously held the boys’ record with 2,471 points.

Bans also helped lead the Raiders to a 17-9 mark and their fourth appearance in the Division II semifinals in the last five years.

“Erickson is a scary player to prepare for and to coach against,” Portsmouth High head coach Joe Occhi said in the press release. “He has next-level quickness and unlimited shooting range when he gets going. He has the ability to click for 30-40 points in any game.”

Bans is also an assistant coach for the Shea High Unified basketball team, and he has also volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach. In the classroom, Bans has also maintained a weighted 3.44 GPA.