Sanders: Big East Target

Keno Davis and Mick Cronin are two programs who told Jermaine Sanders that he's their No. 1 target. The Manhattan Rice scorer may be a spring signee.

Jermaine Sanders began the summer with an agenda. The 6-foot-5 wing out of Manhattan (N.Y.) Rice wanted to make the most of his pre-senior summer.

"It went according to plan," Sanders told "During the spring I wanted to take my game to another level. Towards the end of the summer during the live period I think I reached my goal of getting better as a player and to improve my stock."

Sanders' rise coincided with a strong showing at the T.O.C. in spring and then continued through the Vegas events. Sanders felt like he improved his stock in the eyes of the college recruiters who sat in the stands armed with scholarships. Like his peers, the long summer did wear on him.

"It could wear on your body towards the end. Sometimes if they see you at the wrong time and you're playing tired, it can be tough."

Two schools circled Sanders on their checklists and made Sanders a priority; both are from the Big East. Sanders indicated Cincinnati and Providence moved on him and earmarked as their top guy.

"I know Cincinnati is coming the hardest right now. They say I'm the No. 1 player they want. I just came back from a visit there a week ago."

Seton Hall, Rutgers, Miami (no offer), UMass (no offer) and Villanova like him. Virginia, Virginia Tech and Louisville caught up with him following July.

Sanders said he wouldn't mind making a decision in the fall but envisioned a spring signing. "I want to see where everybody else goes and whether the coaches stay or go. I don't want to rush into everything. I don't want to rush into it."

Sanders knows there are potential risks in waiting to make a decision. "The colleges might look at somebody else. That could hurt me a little bit but it could help me. I'll get to see where other guys go so I can know that I'll be the No. 1 player."

Sanders has been on unofficial visits to Seton Hall, Rutgers, Cincinnati and Villanova.

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