2007 Intro: Rakim Sanders

Mike Hart has coached a couple of big-time players in Tony Robertson and Demetris Nichols. The St. Andrew's head man says that Rakim Sanders is right there with both of them.

It was almost understood not too long ago that Rakim Sanders was a near-lock for Providence. The Friars are still strong with the St. Andrew's (R.I.) rising junior, but Sanders is more open-minded these days.

``I like them a lot and they're the leader," Sanders said. "But I'm not ready to commit."

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Sanders is one of the top outside shooters in the Class of 2007. St. Andrew's coach Mike Hart puts him right up there with former UConn guard Tony Robertson and Demetrius Nichols as the best ever to play at the school.

``He's very talented offensively," Hart said. "He's a very good shooter and is getting better at creating his own shot."

``He's got unlimited potential," added Hart. "It's going to depend on how committed he is to the weight room and individual instruction over the next two years that will determine what level he'll play at. I think he is a McDonald's All-American or a Roundball Classic-type of player."

Sanders put up 17 points per game on a team that was led by incoming Providence freshman big man Jonathan Kale.

The Friars have clearly done the most work with the Pawtucket, R.I., native, but Hart said that there's a lengthy list of suitors that includes Ohio State, Boston College, Louisville, Texas, Florida, Xavier, Syracuse, Villanova, St. John's, UMass, Boston College and Cincinnati. Providence, BC, Rhode Island, UMass and Syracuse, according to Hart, have all offered.

``All this recruiting stuff is new to me," Sanders said. "I want to visit some schools before I make a decision."

Sanders, 15, plays for the Rhode Island Breakers and will travel to Las Vegas in July, but other than that, coaches won't really see much of him this spring or summer.

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