Juco Big Man To Check Out Barbee's Tigers

A report on a junior college basketball prospect who is scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend is featured.

New Rochelle, N.Y.--A power forward who played on one of the top junior college basketball teams in the country is expected to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

Orlando Sanchez from Monroe College, who helped his team to a 33-4 record and a fifth place finish at the junior college national tournament this past season, is planning to check out Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers.

"He is in the six-foot-eight range, can run the floor, he has got good hands and is an excellent passer," Monroe College Coach Jeff Brustad told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He can dunk it on you and is great in transition. He is a good player."

As a sophomore Sanchez averaged 9.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, two assists, 1.86 blocked shots and 1.2 steals per game for a team that finished 33-4.

"His freshman year he was seventh in the country in rebounding (11.75 per game) and third in blocked shots (4.27 per game)," Brustad noted, adding that the forward is also a good defensive player.

The coach said he believes that Sanchez, who is from the city of Nagua in the Dominican Republic, is a player who can continue to improve in a Division I program. Many are interested in him after he was named to the nationals all-tournament team as a freshman and sophomore.

"He has around 20 scholarship offers," said Brustad, who noted that Sanchez's official visits are to Auburn, St. John's and Providence.

"He is a great kid and he will be graduating from Monroe with close to a 3.0 grade point average," Brustad said. "He has not got below a C in any class."

Sanchez, who also plays for the Dominican Republic National Team, was a big part of Monroe winning 64 games the past two seasons, said Brustad, who pointed out that NBA scouts are already watching the forward. "He was a big part of winning those games.

"He has a lot of upside," the coach added. "He has been great for our program."

Auburn is also expected to get a visit from juco forward/center Renan Lenz from Arizona Western this weekend.

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