2007 Intro: Michael Sanchez

Michael Sanchez was a scrawny sophomore not too long ago. Well, the Arkansas native has changed his body - and his game. Coaches are taking notice.

Michael Sanchez has changed over the past year. He went from a scrawny, 175-pound small forward to a 220-pound combo forward in about a year's time.

Now, the 6-foot-8 Harber High (Ark.) has become not only a key target for his home-state Razorbacks, but also a significant one for several other high-major programs.

``I'm in the weight room every day," Sanchez said. "I love it. Before last year, I never thought I needed to, but I was wrong."

Sanchez averaged 16.5 points per game as a sophomore at Springdale High while playing primarily in the middle.

He's able to finish in the paint with more consistency with his new-look body – but he's also able to step out and knock down shots from the perimeter.

``I still need to work on defending out in the open court," he said. "My athletic ability as a three-man."

The reason for the switch in high schools is because Harber High is a new high school which opened across town in Springdale.

``The two schools are about five minutes apart and a lot of my friends went to Harber," Sanchez said. "I didn't like the atmosphere at Springdale and the coaching wasn't as good as it is here."

Sanchez admits that he really hasn't given the recruiting process all that much thought, but things have begun to heat up for him recently.

``Of course, I want to go somewhere that I can play," he said. "I don't want to sit three years and wait."

Sanchez also said while he hears people talk about him staying home, he doesn't really pay attention or feel the pressure.

``I like Arkansas and they offered, but I'm also looking at other options as well," Sanchez said. "Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas A&M have also offered."

Sanchez also listed LSU, Kansas, Illinois, USC, Wisconsin and UNC as in the mix.


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