HYNDMAN — For HOPE for Hyndman senior Banks Stouffer, athletics has always been somewhat of a family affair.
His father Scott has coached the young Hornet during his career at Hyndman in both soccer and basketball.
On Friday, Stouffer recorded his 1,000th career point in basketball — becoming the third generation in his family to do so. His grandfather and father also played in the same gymnasium. Steve Stouffer, a 1964 graduate of Hyndman High School, scored 1,163 points, while Scott Stouffer, a 1987 graduate, sits second in Hyndman High School history with 1,382 points.
Hyndman also holds the first 1,000-point scorer in Bedford County history, with 1954 graduated Bruce May recording 1,881 points.
“This is the greatest feeling right now,” Banks said on becoming the third generation to break 1,000 points. “It feels pretty good. This makes me realize how all of the people helped me develop as a basketball player — it really humbles me.
“I looked to be relaxed this season. I wasn’t thinking about scoring 1,000 points. I was looking to win the games. Once everyone started talking about it, I really started thinking about it.”
Many of his cousins have been his teammates throughout his time at HOPE for Hyndman and helped him reach the milestone.
“I’d like to thank all of my family, friends, everybody who came to support me, and everybody who helped me,” Banks said. “I’d like to send a special thanks to my cousin Spencer (Messenger), my pap Steve Stouffer, my dad, Eric Torbet, and Eric Hiquet for helping me throughout the years, pushing me, and never taking it easier on me at all.”
With the HOPE for Hyndman gym under construction this summer, many days were spent outside working with his father and Torbet.
On Friday, Banks entered the game just six points shy. He opened the game with a jumper and later added another bucket from the paint — both being assisted by Noah Stair.
He tried for a buzzer-beating three-pointer as the first quarter ended, and he was fouled by Turkeyfoot Valley’s Blake Nicholson. The Hornet stepped up to the line and scored all three attempts with his second being for the milestone.
“At the beginning of the year we didn’t think it was going to be any trouble,” HOPE for Hyndman coach Scott Stouffer. “Early on when he tore his ACL we thought, maybe, it will not be possible. He’s played through a lot to get to where he’s at. I couldn’t be prouder. That right there is really special.”
Although the Hornets lost the game, 79-31, Banks finished with 20 points.
Banks entered the season needing 364 points. His injury came against Turkeyfoot Valley on the road, and he was averaging 21 points per game through nine games.
“Basically I thought my basketball career was over,” the youthful Hornet noted. “I was trying to stay positive about it. I didn’t know what it was originally so I was trying to not think about. When the doctor told me, it was pretty heartbreaking, for the lack of a better word.”
The Hornet becomes the second player since the school became a charter school to reach the 1,000-point plateau. In 2013, Brad Torbet broke in his final game of the year.
Banks looks to continue his education with a major in history and a minor in business. He is also a three-sport athlete for HOPE for Hyndman, also playing soccer and baseball.