HONORS: 2003-04--Co-recipient of the Hardest Worker Award (team honor).
AT VIRGINIA: 2005-06 - Played in only 16 games because of injury ... played off the bench in five consecutive games in January before missing four in a row ... returned to action in the victory over Longwood (2/15/06) and tied his season high with five assists ... played in the last nine games of the season ... played for the first time during the season in the loss at Georgia Tech (12/4/05) ... played two minutes off the bench in that game and made his only field goal attempt ... played seven minutes off the bench in the loss to Fordham (12/7/05) ... had two assists and one rebound in that game ... after missing six games, returned to action in the home loss to Florida State (1/11/06) ... played 18 minutes off the bench in that game and had five assists ... scored seven points, had three rebounds and two assists in 10 minutes off the bench in the victory over North Carolina (1/19/06) ... played a season high 23 minutes in the win over Miami (1/24/06) and had four assists and two points ... lettered for the third time.
2004-05 - Played in all 29 games and averaged 4.3 points, 3.7 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 22.6 minutes played a game ... his jumper in the lane with 2.7 seconds left in the second overtime period provided the margin of victory in the 80-79 double overtime win over Western Kentucky (1/5/05) ... started for the first time during the season in that game ... started the last 10 games of the season ... tied for the team scoring high with 14 points and established career highs with eight free throws made and 10 attempted in the win at N.C. State (2/5/05) ... also had six assists against the Wolfpack in a career-high 38 minutes ... tied his career high with 15 points, had a team-high six assists and had two steals in 35 minutes in the loss at Wake Forest (2/27/05) ... averaged 4.4 assists a game in the last 20 games and 3.7 assists a game for the season ... second on the team with 108 assists for the season ... also second in free throw percentage (.819, 68-83) ... led the team in assists in 13 games ... ranked fifth the ACC in assist/turnover ratio (1.71) and 10th in assists (3.72 apg.) ... scored 11 points in the overtime victory over Loyola Marymount (12/23/04) ... scored 10 points in 20 minutes in the win over Appalachian State (11/24/04) ... made all six of this free throw attempts in that game ... had a career-high four steals in the victory over Arizona (11/21/04) and a season-high seven assists in losses to Wake Forest (1/2/05), Georgia Tech (1/8/05) and Maryland (2/19/05) ... lettered for the second time.
2003-04 - Played in each of Virginia's 31 games during the 2003-04 and started 10 of the last 11 ... averaged 3.6 points and 3.0 assists a game ... finished second on the team in assists (93) ... established a UVa men's basketball record for assists in a game by a freshman with 12 in the victory over Wake Forest (3/2/04) ... also scored nine points and had just one turnover in 30 minutes in that game ... his 12 assists in that game were the most by a freshman in the Atlantic Coast Conference during the 2003-04 season ... ranked third among freshmen and tied for 10th overall in the ACC in assists (93, 3.0 apg) for the 2003-04 season while averaging 18.1 minutes played a game ... ranked seventh overall in the ACC in assist to turnover ratio (1.63, 93 assists/57 turnovers) ... got his first career start in the loss at Duke (2/11/04) ... scored five points and had six assists in 30 minutes in that game ... started in the victory over Georgia Tech (2/14/04) and established career highs with 15 points and four rebounds ... had 11 points and five assists in the victory over George Washington (3/17/04) in the first round of the NIT ... scored eight points and had four rebounds in the win at Clemson (2/21/04) ... made 21-23 (91.3 percent) free throws in the last eight games of the regular season ... shot 74.6 percent (47-63) from the free throw line for the season ... led the team in assists a team-high 12 times, including nine of the last 15 games ... scored six points and led the team with four assists without a turnover in 18 minutes in the home loss to N.C. State (2/7/04) ... scored five points and established a season-high in free throws made (5) in the win over Coastal Carolina (12/22/03) ... tied his season high in free throws attempted (6) in that game and also had four assists ... played 19 minutes at Loyola Marymount (12/19/03) and contributed significantly on defense in that victory ... also had four assists and three rebounds in that game ... lettered.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter at Arlington Country Day ... lettered five times ... was the Division I-A Player of the Year in Florida as a senior and a first-team All-State selection ... finished third in the voting for Florida's Mr. Basketball Award ... McDonald's All-American nominee ... only the fourth player in the city of Jacksonville to score over 2,000 points during a high school career ... averaged 21 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and four steals a game as a senior during the 2002-03 season ... shot 51 percent from the field, including 43 percent from three-point range in 2002-03 ... averaged 17.5 points a game as a junior and 14 points a game as a sophomore ... shot 84 percent from the free throw line for his high school career ... earned All-State and All-Conference honors three times during his career ... played with the South Team in the USA Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs, Colo., in the summer of 2002 ... selected Player of the Year in Jacksonville as a sophomore ... selected to play in the Florida vs. Georgia High School All-Star Game.
PERSONAL: Tony Anthony Bannister, Jr. ... nickname is "T.J." ... born June 29, 1984 in Melbourne, Fla. ... father and step-mother are Tony and Lurise Bannister ... mother and step-father are Alicia and Roger Francis ... siblings include Shaundra, Shenika, Corey, Antoinette, Antonia, Jordan and Tesia ... enjoys drawing, painting and music ... member of the National Junior Honor Society in high school ... served as a volunteer coach for Young Christians In Action.
Bannister's Career Highs
Points--15 vs. Georgia Tech (2/14/04), Wake Forest (2/27/05); Rebounds--5 vs. Duke (3/11/05); FG Made--5 vs. Georgia Tech (2/14/04); George Washington (3/17/04); FG Att.--8 vs. Duke (3/12/04); 3 Pt. FG Made--2 Wake Forest (2/27/05); 3 Pt. FG Att.--2 on eight occasions; FT Made--8 vs. N.C. State (2/5/05); FT Att.--10 vs. N.C. State (2/5/05); Coastal Carolina (12/22/03); Assists--12 vs. Wake Forest (3/2/04); Blocks--1 vs. William & Mary (1/5/04); Steals--4 vs. Arizona (11/21/04); Minutes--38 vs. N.C. State (2/5/05)
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