Arizona Standout Comes to Boise

Mark Sanchez from Pima Community College in Tucson signed with Boise State on Tuesday, giving the Broncos 2 new players (Sanchez, Aaron Garner), that can contribute right away... could the Broncos get a couple more impact players before they're done?

Compared to the rigors of JC Basketball, you'd think that recent Boise State Basketball signee Mark Sanchez would be stepping into the buzzsaw when he transfers to D1 Boise State and starts learning the ins and outs of the Bronco system.. but you'd likely be wrong.

Compared to what Sanchez used to get at Pima, he'll probably feel like he's on vacation in Boise. That's because the Junior-to-be Power Forward used to come home from practice and games and get an earful from his roommate and older brother who was an Asst. Coach at Pima College.

Such conversations would lead one to believe that Sanchez is a big of a perfectionist, and such seems to be the case as he told one local Tucson newspaper.. "Even when I have a good game, there's always something negative, not necessarily to bring me down, but to make me better," said Sanchez, who at 20 years old already displays wisdom beyond his years. "It helps me keep pushing, not settling. I know it's for my own good."

Known as a team leader with the flexibility to play with his back to the hoop or go out and hit the 3, Sanchez always seemed to step up when it mattered most. Against the league's top two teams, he finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds against Eastern Arizona and 27 points against Arizona Western. He also had 29 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocked shots against JC Division II Chandler-Gilbert.

Sanchez's outstanding play was honored throughout his career, He was named the NJCAA Men's Division II & III Basketball Player of the Week for contests ending Feb. 10, and again for the week ending February 25th.

According to the Official release by Boise State, Sanchez earned first-team All-Region 1 Division 2 and second-team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference honors after averaging 19.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game as a sophomore. He finished 19th in the NJCAA in scoring and fifth in the ACCAC, while ranking seventh in the ACCAC in rebounding and third in blocked shots.

Sanchez also finished 14th in the ACCAC in scoring as a freshman averaging 14.3 points and eight rebounds per game.

Sanchez received interest from a number of schools but his only known trips were to Drake University and Boise State.

Sanchez joins Aaron Garner, who signed in the early signing period, as new Broncos and JC Transfers who will be counted on to contribute right away.

Boise State still has at least 2 more scholarships to shop after the loss of 4 seniors to graduation and sophomore Colin Hallberg, who transferred out.

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