CHICAGO - Carson Shanks (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake/Utah State/North Dakota), a 7-foot, 245-pound center, has been added to the Loyola University Chicago men’s basketball roster for the 2017-18 season, head coach Porter Moser announced. Shanks comes to Loyola as a graduate transfer from the University of North Dakota, where he helped the Fighting Hawks to a 22-10 record and a NCAA Tournament berth in 2016-17.
“We are thrilled to add Carson to our program,” Moser said. “He played in the NCAA Tournament this year and in addition to bringing size and experience to our frontcourt, has great hands and finishes well. By adding him to a group of Cameron Krutwig and Christian Negron, we have addressed a need of size and rebounding with some skilled and athletic players. I’m excited about our core of post players. Carson is a great kid, is another piece of the puzzle, and I can’t wait to start working with him.”
Shanks will provide a post presence for the Ramblers and be the program’s first 7-footer to appear in a game. During the 2016-17 season, Shanks saw action in 31 games, making two starts, and averaged 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 54.2 percent (58-for-107) from the field. He scored in double figures off the bench on four occasions, including a career-best 17 points in only 17 minutes versus Northern Iowa. In that game against UNI, Shanks connected on 8 of 10 shots from the field and also grabbed five rebounds.
Shanks scored in double figures on six occasions in 2015-16, netting a season-high 16 points in a win at Idaho State. He averaged 6.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg as a redshirt freshman in 2014-15 and scored in double figures six times, including a 14-point, 12-rebound performance in a victory at Southern Utah. Shanks spent a semester at Utah State before transferring to North Dakota.
Loyola finished the 2016-17 season with 18 wins and received its first Associated Press Top 25 Poll votes since 1985. Shanks joins a solid crop of newcomers for the 2017-18 season that includes Adarius Avery, Cameron Krutwig, Christian Negron, Lucas Williamson and Marques Townes, who sat out this season after transferring from Fairleigh Dickinson.