Rakim Sanders: Two Remain

Rakim Sanders knew he wanted to stay close to home all along, but when other big-time schools came calling, he had to take a look at other options. After considering schools from the midwest and down south, the St. Andrew's (R.I.) junior shooting guard has opted to remain in the northeast.

After looking at schools from the midwest and the south, Rakim Sanders has decided to stay close to home.

The St. Andrew's (R.I.) 6-foot-5 junior shooting guard hasn't made a final decision, but he has trimmed his list of finalists to a pair: Providence and Boston College.

``I think proximity was a big factor," St. Andrew's coach Mike Hart said. "He's very family-oriented. I also think he feels like he has the opportunity to play at both schools right away."

``I want to stay close to home," Sanders said.

``I know the staff well at Providence and I feel comfortable around them," Sanders added. "I like the players and everything about the program."

``I also like BC because of the relationship with the coaching staff," he said. "I feel comfortable with them, also."

Sanders, who also drew attention from Ohio State, Miami, St. John's and Georgia, will play with the New England Playaz again this spring and summer.

Sanders had an up-and-down junior campaign, but finished strong with a prep school championship.

``I saw an increased work ethic, a much better attitude and leadership skills," Hart said of his star player. "I really feel good about Rakim right now and I think, judging by his second half of the season, he could go in and make an impact at either school quickly."

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