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On This Day In History | 2007

March 1, 2016
Shanks Coker

Shanks

On this day 9 years ago, Dan Shanks ’92 was named to the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference All-Time men’s basketball team.

In the conference’s final year as the CVAC before being renamed Conference Carolinas, the league’s sports information directors selected all-time teams across the conference’s slate of sports. Shanks was one of just ten players chosen for the exclusive men’s basketball team.

Shanks is regarded as “one of the best shooters ever to play in the league” according to the CVAC press release. In 1994 he won the conference’s Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year Awards, becoming the only player to win both in same season. The following year he helped lead Coker College to a #14 national ranking. In a sensational senior season he was named the CVAC Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year after averaging 19.3 points per game, 51.5% shooting from the floor, and a sizzling 45.6% shooting from behind the arc.

He closed his career as the 2nd-leading scorer in Coker history with 1,895 points after leading the Cobras to three conference championship games and one title. He was a 2-time All-Region selection and a 1997 All-American honoree. After a stellar career he was inducted into the Coker College Hall of Fame.

Shanks’ name still dots the Coker record book. He holds the record for highest scoring average for a season (21.8 points), highest career scoring average (18.9 points), most points in a season (610), and highest free throw percentage in a season (93%).

After graduating from Coker, Shanks played basketball professionally for seven years in Belgium, Estonia, and Austria, where he led the league in scoring twice. In 1999 he was the MVP of the Dutch All-Star Game and won the 3-Point Contest.

Shanks was a star for the Bears. In two of his most memorable games he scored 30 points in a playoff match-up against a powerful Southampton team and poured in 37 points against Port Jeff, including 15 of 16 shooting from the free throw line. His coach, Mike Hickey, remembers Shanks fondly:

A tremendous shooter. He also had the best shot fake I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen more guys fly out of bounds because his shot fake was exactly the same as his shot and they would fly right by him. He had perfect mechanics, was a good rebounder, and was just a flat out scorer.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Adam Coyle permalink
    March 4, 2016 10:16 AM

    Congrats man! This is an awesome article.
    -Adam Coyle

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    • March 4, 2016 10:42 AM

      Thanks for checking it out, Adam! Punch in “Shanks” into the search box to see some more content on Danny Boy.

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