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Prospect Profile

Rakim Sanders

  • Full Name: Rakim Sanders
  • Position: Small Forward / Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-4 / 228
  • Birthdate: July 8, 1989
  • College: Fairfield

 Strengths:
* Versatile
* Great rebounder for his size/position
* Good passer
* Solid defender
* Good athlete

Weaknesses:
* Size/What position does he play?
* Needs to work on his perimeter shooting
* Inconsistent

NBA projection:
Sanders impressed NBA scouts with his play at the Portsmouth Invitational, where he was chosen to the all-tournament team after finishing second among all players in scoring (19.3 ppg) and ninth in rebounding (8.7 rpg). He shot 60 percent from the field. He’s been projected as a second-round pick. Any team looking for a versatile, utility-man type can make good use of Sanders.

2011-12 Season:
Sanders played just one season at Fairfield after transferring from Boston College, and he made massive contributions, leading the team in scoring, rebounding and steals. Sanders was a first-team All-MAAC selection, and he was also chosen to All-Jesuit team, which selects 10 players from the nations’ 28 Jesuit schools in Division I, II, III and NAIA. He helped lead the Stags to a postseason tournament appearance, the CIT, where they defeated Yale, Manhattan and Robert Morris before losing to Mercer in the semifinals

Key statistics:
16.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 3.3 tpg, 1.4 spg, 32.3 mpg, .500 FG, .312 3PT, .635 FT

Cool statistic:
In his only season at Fairfield, Sanders scored 615 points, the second highest single-season total in school history behind only Tony George (630 in 1985-86), and grabbed 303 rebounds. He’s the only player in school history to score more than 600 points and grab more than 300 boards in a season.

Reminds me of:
Jimmy Butler

What Insiders Say:
Fairfield coach Sydney Johnson
"I don’t like to really hype anyone, it’s not my personality. All that being said, I think Rakim is maybe a little bit better than I’m comfortable letting the world know. He has all those physical talents that are pretty clear when people see him play, but it’s his basketball IQ that I don’t think gets talked about enough."

What Outsiders Say:
NBA super scout Ryan Blake
"Sanders is a jack of all trades. Versatility, instincts, intangibles and gets it done. He will be sought after."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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