More on Byron Sanders

In our continued coverage of the developing recruitment of senior Byron Sanders, we've assembled a collection of expert analysis on the Mississippi power forward. Also, Sanders has finalized a visit date to travel to Chapel Hill.

Byron Sanders, the 6-9, 215-pound power forward from Gulfport (Miss.) Harrison Central, has scheduled his official visit to Chapel Hill for next weekend, Dave Telep informs us. Sanders will be in attendance at the Dean Dome for the Jan. 12 Tar Heel game against Virginia. IC's Clint Jackson assembled the opinions of various experts who've watched Sanders extensively over the past year.

"Yeah, we've seen that kid numerous times. And he's looked like a different player on different occasions. For instance, he's looked very passive -- almost out of it -- on several occasions. And then he's sprinted the floor, dunked hard, hit the boards, blocked shots and put up some good totals in other games. He's kind of a tough read to be honest. He's looked solid, like a big time kid with upside sometimes and then other times -- he just hasn't played very hard. But the kid is definitely springy and athletic. He's got a nice ceiling as a basketball player." -- Anonymous SEC assistant coach.

"A kid with good grades. It's kind of like -- he COULD be a good player, but he's not there just yet. If a program like North Carolina takes a gamble on a kid like Sanders, they could end up looking like a genius if he develops. He's definitely got the potential. He's athletic and he's got a good body. He could eventually turn out to be an absolute steal, like I said, IF he develops." -- Clark Francis, Hoop Scoop

"When I saw him, I liked him. He's a good player. Physically, he's a good looking specimen. In terms of what Carolina is looking to do with their scholarships in the spring, he fits. I know Mississippi would have offered had they had room." -- Dave Telep, TheInsidersHoops

"He's definitely a borderline top 100 player. I liked him a lot at the NBPA camp last June. I remember him being pretty athletic for a 6-9 kid. Plus, he was active at both ends. His performance there really stood out for me. He's a high division I player, and probably one of the best frontcourt college prospects still available. He's got tools to work with, for sure." -- Rob Matera, All Star Report


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