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Christian Sanders stands out from most prospects

Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:31 pm

By Jeff Borzello

ORLANDO, Fla. – It took barely three minutes to figure out Christian Sanders is not your normal high-major prospect.

During interviews, the majority of high-major prospects discuss playing time and winning at the next level. Sanders, on the other hand, didn’t mention either.

“I’m looking for a coaching staff with integrity,” Sanders said. “And good academics.”

And you believe him about both – he has a 3.5 GPA, great test scores and plans to go into business.

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Sanders, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Saint Thomas (Tex.), played a major role in the Houston Defenders winning the AAU Super Showcase championship. He is a knockdown shooter who is also highly effective pulling up in the mid-range after a pump-fake and dribble. Sanders has a high basketball IQ, knows how to handle the ball and has good vision.

“I shot the ball well early, struggled a bit lately,” he said. “But my goal is to win. If we win, we all get what we want or what we need.”

Playing with the Harrison twins, Shaq Cleare and Derrick Griffin has undoubtedly helped his stock – and Sanders isn’t afraid to admit it.

“It forced me to raise my level of play,” he said.

In terms of recruiting, Sanders has offers from Maryland, Texas, Oklahoma State, Harvard and Colorado, with Stanford and Kansas on him as well.

Whichever school gets him better get prepared for an atypical player and person – in a good way.


Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 11:57 pm

Christian Sanders stands out from most prospects

This is what we hope from all student-athletes and, indeed, is oh so rare. The integrity of programs has come under more media scrutiny the past couple of years than for a long time. High profile cases (such as Tennessee and Ohio State) where an error by the head coach terminated his position affects players in a tragic way. The seven schools named here all have impeccable records from their coaches and their academic levels. For business, Harvard, Stanford and Kansas excel.

The right priorities bring a student to maximize the opportunity to play a game they love and end up with a quality education as well. The opportunity to play with strong teammates matters. A team-first outlook with everyone rooting for his teammate and not becoming ball stoppers will bring more success to the court and more enjoyment playing. So thanks, Christian for being a role model of student-athlete. Now about the other 0.5 in your GPA. . . . (just kidding, I think)

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