At the moment, Sanford has been dominant in one particular sport: basketball. Last year as a junior on a senior led team, he still was able to average 13.4 points, 4.5 steals, and over 4 assists per game. As a senior this year, he has become the man. His average points per game has more than doubled. Plus he has been averaging 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and over 3 assists per game. Sanford said, "We have a young team. Last year we had a senior dominated team. Now it is up to me and the other senior (Taylor Botkin) to take the lead."
Recently, Lexington Catholic competed well in the prestigious King of the Bluegrass tournament in Louisville. On February 14, 2009, Sanford will face local rival Scott County High School. Scott County, led by Chad Jackson, Dakota Euton, Richie Phares, and Ge'lawn Guyn, is the preseason favorite to win the Kentucky state championship.
Sanford states his game resembles that of former UCLA star Russell Westbrook (currently in NBA with Oklahoma City) and former Kentucky Wildcat star Rajon Rondo. Sanford's strengths are his ability to get to the basket, hit the open 3 (over 40%), and create his own shot. Sanford says his one area of improvement is overall body strength.
In high school, he plays primarily point guard but can play any of the guard positions. In college, Sanford said he will "play whatever position his coach feels comfortable."
Sanford's philosophy on the court is to go all out. Sanford said, "I play like there is no tomorrow. I don't take playing time for granted. I play like it is the last game and give 110%."
Sanford gave a list of some of the schools that are already showing interest. They include Miami(OH), Georgetown, Kentucky, Bradley, Virginia Commonwealth, Southern Methodist, South Florida, Nebraska, Marshall, and St. Louis. He has offers from Miami, Bradley, and Kentucky. The offer from Kentucky is conditioned on him spending a year in prep school and reclassifying from 2009 to 2010.
At this point, Sanford does not have a leader and indicated he will not make a commitment until the spring signing period.
However, Sanford did state that he could end up a Miami RedHawk due to a relationship with two Miami assistant coaches. "I feel very comfortable with coaches Grunk (Jason Grunkemeyer) and (Ryan) Pedon. If things feel right when I visit Oxford, I will commit."
At this point, no visit to Miami's campus has been scheduled. However, Sanford said, "Coach Pedon and I have been talking about getting up there soon."
Sanford has taken an official visit on Halloween night to Bradley and was very close to becoming a Brave. "I was about to commit, but my father told me to wait," said Sanford. Sanford explained, "I like it up there. Peoria, Illinois is really nice. Nice fans."
Sanford has also taken unofficial visits to Kentucky (over the summer) and Vanderbilt (as a junior). Sanford is very familiar with the Kentucky players. UK is just down the road from his high school. Sanford said, "I am usually down there shooting ball with the (UK) players."
Academically, Sanford has a 2.5 GPA and is academically eligible.
Personally, Sanford described himself as a good, humble, and hard working kid who is family oriented. He also said he is "quiet and laid back."
Sanford is also active in his church. "I am a junior deacon in training at a Baptist Church and used to teach Sunday school for younger kids until my schedule got too busy."
Stay tuned to RedHawk Insider as we will continue to follow Sanford's senior season and recruitment.