Sanford Has Growing List Of Offers

Lexington (Ky.) Catholic High School senior Vee Sanford has been a hot name on the recruiting circuit this winter and the point guard's strong play during his senior season has seen his stock rise in recent months.

A 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior, Sanford said Saturday he has scholarship offers from Bradley, Miami-Ohio, Saint Louis, Toledo, Wyoming, Indiana State and Fairfield and has drawn interest from Georgetown, Marquette, USC and Oklahoma State. He's also been linked to hometown Kentucky as well as Nebraska.

Sanford has already taken one official visit, to Bradley a few months ago, but plans on waiting until after his basketball season at Lexington Catholic is over before planning his other visits.

"I'm just trying to finish this year," he said. "I'm really just focused on basketball and school right now. I'm not worried about setting up visits yet. I'll probably just wait until the spring."

Sanford said besides visiting Kentucky several times and Vanderbilt a year ago, he hasn't seen many campuses on unofficial visits. So he is planning on making all four of his remaining official visits before he makes a decision.

As for what he is looking for, the high-scoring guard is searching for the right fit.

"I'm just trying to find somewhere where I feel comfortable with the coaches, the environment, the campus and the teammates," Sanford said. "I'm trying to find a second home, since I'm leaving the house. I want to find somewhere that feels like home that I can spend the next four years."

And in Sanford, college coaches are trying to recruit a player who could help out at either the point guard or shooting guard positions.

"I was brought up as a point guard," Sanford said. "I had to get my teammates involved first. But I believe since my freshman year in high school, I've had to score. I think I'm a combo guard now. I can play the one or two."

The schools recruiting him apparently like his versatility.

"A lot of the colleges like the fact that I can play the off guard and the point guard," Sanford said. "For example, coach (Rick) Majerus from Saint Louis, he's talking about he wants me to come off screens as well as bring the ball up the court."

The Kentucky native said he is averaging around 22 points per game this season after averaging 13.4 points per contest as a junior.

He's lead Lexington Catholic to a 16-5 record going into Saturday night's game at West Jessamine.

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