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1 - Larry Sanders

VCU 

  • Birthday: 11/21/88
  • NBA Position: PF/C
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-10
  • Wt: 222
  • Hometown: Fort Pierce, FL
  • High School: Port St. Lucie
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Overall

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2010
Mock:  15

NBA Comparison: Theo Ratliff

Strengths: A long, athletic and explosive 6'10 forward, Sanders has become more efficient offensively each year at VCU ... His explosiveness and length help Sanders to be an excellent rebounder ... He crashes the boards and goes for rebounds at the highest point possible thanks to impressive leaping abilities ... Offensively, he is a very reliable finisher around the rim ... His athleticism and quickness allow him to run the floor like a guard and finish like a forward, which will be key for him at the next level when playing with teams who like to push the tempo ... Though he has a ways to go, he has some basic fundamental post moves, and with his extensive reach he can find ways to score from a back to the basket move ... He seems aware of what's going on around him when he's in the post, and can effectively pass from this position ...

Weaknesses: He lacks an array of basketball moves in the post, and against bigger and stronger forwards and centers at the next level, he will have difficulty earning position down low ... Facing up and attacking the rim is not currently in his repertoire, and he has a long ways to go in terms of developing a consistent jump shot (although his free throw percentage went up, and he has decent mechanics) ... He lacks a defensive post presence, and again when bodying up stronger forwards at the next level he will be a defensive liability down low ... He'll need to hit the weight room, and work on an offensive game, but that all comes along with being a prospect ...

Overall: Sanders is a rare big man who has length, athleticism, hops and quickness ... The only thing he's missing is a diverse skillset ... He has improved in virtually every aspect of the game since his freshman year, which is a good sign moving forward ...With some specialized coaching, and a few years developing behind veteran players and coaches, Sanders could find a consistent role on a team looking to become more athletic up front ... In a draft with not many surefire contributors, GMs will be looking to take a chance on Sanders in the late first round with the intention of developing him further his first few years ...

Jonathan Wasserman 5/8/10

Strengths: Post player with tremendous defensive upside due to his unbelievable length: has a 7-foot-7 wingspan (His arms need their own insurance policy) plus good timing and explosiveness ... Already a bigtime shot blocker and is on his way to becoming an absolutely dominant one. As a freshman he averages just 16 minutes per game but is already tied for 10th in the country in blocked shots at 3.0 per game. His block per minute average is the best in the country ... Very fluid and fast running the floor. Shows a solid motor, hustling the floor and fighting for rebounds ... Has excellent foot speed and lateral quickness for a bigman ... His offensive game, while raw shows potential to develop ... Has a huge frame and should be able to put on plenty of weight without affecting his mobility ... Shows a solid shooting form with a high release. Just needs time to polish it ...

Weaknesses: Has very little offensive skill level ... Still learning the game, developing fundamentals, basic stuff such as boxing out and setting proper screens ... Having just two years of high school ball under his belt, he struggles to do some basic things such as catching and shooting and converting shots inside the paint ... Must learn to become more disciplined as a shot blocker. He gets into foul trouble far too easily. Must learn to wait until the shooter leaves the floor before jumping himself ... Must develop a more reliable shot. His free throw shooting (50%) needs development. Repetition and focus on it should increse his effectiveness over time ... Right now, opponents are able to body him and get shots off. Adding bulk will allow him to stay on balance and prevent opponents from neutralizing his shot blocking ability with contact ...

Notes: Began playing organized ball in just his junior year of high school. So the game is new to him and he's on a huge learning curve ...

Aran Smith - 2/25/2008

NBADraft.net Interview

SEASON
TEAM
MIN
PTS
REB
AST
TO
A/T
STL
BLK
PF
FG%
FT%
3P%
PPS
2008-09 VCU 16.6 4.9 5.2 0.1 0.8 0.16 0.3 3 2.8 0.504 0.456 1.26
2008-09 VCU 26.6 11.3 8.6 0.4 2.1 0.18 0.6 2.7 3.6 0.51 0.558 1.25
2009-10 VCU 26.9 14.4 9.1 1 1.7 0.59 0.7 2.6 2.9 0.534 0.641 0.25 1.37
PerGame 23.5 10.3 7.7 0.5 1.5 0.3 0.6 2.7 3.1 0.520 0.577 0.250 1.31

SEASON
TEAM
GP
MIN
FG
FGA
FTM
FTA
3PM
3PA
PTS
OFF
DEF
TOT
AST
TO
STL
BLK
PF
2007-08 VCU 32 531 63 125 31 68 157 50 115 165 4 25 11 95 90
2008-09 VCU 34 904 156 306 72 129 384 98 194 292 13 72 22 92 124
2009-10 VCU 35 941 196 367 107 167 4 16 503 106 213 319 34 58 26 90 103
Totals 101 2376 415 798 210 364 4 16 1044 254 522 776 51 155 59 277 317


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