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Larry Sanders

Scouting Report

Sanders' status as a likely first-round pick after his junior season is remarkable considering he did not begin playing organized basketball until he was a sophomore in high school. His lack of experience was one reason he ended up attending Virginia Commonwealth, as opposed to a higher-profile basketball program, but that may have been the perfect place for Sanders to get playing time right away and develop his skills. He certainly showed vast improvement during his three seasons with the Rams, bettering his statistics each year in nearly every category while helping VCU to two Colonial Athletic Association regular-season titles and a conference tournament championship. One area in which Sanders could help an NBA team right away is shot-blocking; he ranked in the top 25 nationally in blocked shots throughout his collegiate career, finishing with 2.7 per game. The uncommon wingspan and athleticism that made him the two-time CAA defensive player of the year are his greatest assets, but Sanders has promise in other areas, too. He runs the floor well and is a strong rebounder, averaging 9.1 per game in 2009-10, including 3.0 at the offensive end. Sanders averaged 14.4 points and shot 53.4 percent from the field as a junior and his offensive skills continue to improve, even though he still doesn't have a great jump shot. He could stand to add some bulk to his long frame, but whichever team selects Sanders will be getting an impact player on the defensive end who almost certainly has yet to reach his ceiling.

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