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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
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