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Romelo Banks

Kissimmee • Communication

It was a conversation with my mother that molded me into the person I am today.

 

It was about six years ago. She always told my brother and I to follow our dreams. No matter what happened, she said I needed to stay in school, stay committed and stay humble. She passed away a few weeks after that conversation. I miss her all the time, but her words stay with me. They’ve helped me become a much more driven person, and they brought me to the University of North Florida.

 

I received a lot of basketball scholarships when I was coming out of high school. Some were out-of-state, but I made the decision to stay in Florida to be close to family. UNF was the only campus I visited that really felt like home to me. I met with the coaching staff, and they introduced me to what my role on the team would be. They also introduced me to the academic environment and brought me to meet with my academic advisors. It made me feel like part of a family. I knew then that UNF was the place for me.

 

As a student-athlete, I’m travelling a lot. My professors are completely understanding of that and have been there to help me any way they can. A lot of that comes down to UNF’s smaller class sizes. It really helps being able to get to know a professor, get in contact with them and make appointments to catch back up on anything I missed when I was on the road. Whatever is needed, they’re there to help.

 

That feeling is the same with UNF Athletics. It feels like a big family. We’re all close with the other teams and go to their games to support them. They do the same for us. It’s like we’re all in it together. A win for us is a win for all of UNF. All of this has helped me get more comfortable on the court. This year, I’m a starter playing in some big games for a team that’s steadily improving. The coaching staff has been great about letting me know my role and how I can help the team win. Whether that’s rebounding, blocking shots or scoring when necessary, I’m there to do whatever I can to keep us in games and help us win.

 

You never know what the future holds, but I would love to play professionally when my UNF basketball career ends. There are a few NBA players who I respect who I try to model my game after: Amare Stoudemire, Marc Gasol, Roy Hibbert and LaMarcus Aldridge. They all have different skills that I’ve tried to develop on the court. But even if that doesn’t pan out, I believe UNF is going to make me into a person who is successful in whatever I’m doing.

 

It comes back to what my mother told me, to work hard and stay committed to improving myself. UNF has given me the chance to reach that goal, and I plan on spending the rest of my time at the University staying motivated and going out there and getting it — athletically and academically.

Get to Know Romelo
  • Why did you pick UNF over other schools?
    I had many schools offer me scholarships, but UNF was my number one school out of my top five because of how hard the coaching staff recruited me. I took a visit here and automatically knew this was where I wanted to be.
  • What is the best thing about UNF’s faculty and staff?
    The best thing to me is how family oriented the staff is. It just feels like a big family to me.
  • What does being an Osprey mean to you?
    It means doing the best in everything I take on and persevering through tough times to come out on top.
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UNF was the only campus I visited that really felt like home to me.