SANDERS NAMED CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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February 22, 2010

SANDERS NAMED CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

RICHMOND, Va. – In this day and age of DVRs, one could look at Larry Sanders’ (Fort Pierce, Fla.) like a sitcom in super fast-forward mode.

Six years ago, he was walking the halls of Port St. Lucie High School as a lanky sophomore with a strong interest in art and a small, but growing interest in basketball. Now Sanders finds himself at the center of the Virginia Commonwealth University basketball program.

The praise surrounding the 6-11 forward continues to grow and he gained even more attention after averaging 22 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in VCU’s two wins this past week in televised contests. Those numbers earned the junior his second Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week honor of the 2009-10 campaign.

“Larry’s approach was phenomenal this week,” Head Coach Shaka Smart said. “When he brings that approach to a game, we’re a different team. We are extremely tough to beat when he plays like he did.”

In front of a regional television audience, Sanders dominated Drexel with 29 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots in the Black & Gold’s 73-54 victory over the Dragons. Even more impressive was the fact that he only missed two shots, going 13-of-15 from the field.

Saturday’s ESPNU BracketBusters match-up was no different. Although foul trouble limited him to just 20 minutes, he got his money’s worth, going 7-of-9 from the field and finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

On the year, Sanders leads the team in scoring (15.4 ppg), rebounding (9.1 rpg), blocked shots (2.6 bpg) and field goal percentage (56.3%). He is the only player in the CAA to rank in the top-five in each of those categories.

Sanders and his teammates look for revenge as they host the Dukes of James Madison on Wednesday night in a 7:30 p.m. showdown at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
 
mike7842 said:
I would love it if he came back next year. Awesome top 25 team.

I would too...but we would not be a top 25 team. We need to develop way more consistency on the road for that to ever happen.
 
districtballer said:
mike7842 said:
I would love it if he came back next year. Awesome top 25 team.

I would too...but we would not be a top 25 team. We need to develop way more consistency on the road for that to ever happen.

We have the potential but that would probably require getting atleast to MSG to even be up the top of the votes received category
 
DB, I disagree, with Shaka's learning curve flattening out and additonal experience, I think we would be....
 
mike7842 said:
DB, I disagree, with Shaka's learning curve flattening out and additonal experience, I think we would be....

We COULD be...but there's no way a 5th-6th place CAA team will be top 25 team unless serious improvement occurs. I really want to think you're right, but I can't say that in good conscience. Can we be? Sure, but so can a couple of other hundred teams.
 
we beat western michigan, william and mary, george mason, and jmu on the road like we completely should have done and we are 23-3 and very likely ranked this year. I dont see why this is out of the realm of possibility next year if larry stays?
 
Finish strong with 6 in a row or even 5 of six plus a first round win in the NCAAs and we would definitely be top 25 starting the season next year if Larry returns. Otherwise, we have to win OOC to earn it.
 
WTH are we talking about next year for? We can't even figure out how the current team, who we've been watching for 3 months, will perform from one half to another half in the same game this year, much less game to game and week to week. Next year? Sheesh!

And call me crazy, but how can one be so sure we are top 25 team next year when we aren't even in the top 4 this year with basically the same talent and coaching staff.
 
Rambunctious said:
WTH are we talking about next year for? We can't even figure out how the current team, who we've been watching for 3 months, will perform from one half to another half in the same game this year, much less game to game and week to week. Next year? Sheesh!

And call me crazy, but how can one be so sure we are top 25 team next year when we aren't even in the top 4 this year with basically the same talent and coaching staff.

This is what I'm talking about...it is a huge stretch to say anything with VCU and top 25 in the same sentence right now. Let's be realistic people. Let's work our way back to being a top CAA favorite first. :lol:
 
heck, Larry went 20-24 the past two games.
 
I'll tell you one sure thing: we will be talking about this season for a long time coming! Next year will take of itself soon enough. In the mean time, good work Larry. Keep it up!
 
Impressive....ridiculous FG %....not just dunks and layup either...here's hoping he stays his senior year...regardless here's hoping he tears it up the rest of this year....GO LS...CAA Tourney MVP ...nothing less...Go Rams
 
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