Hard Work Pays Off For Sanchez

Michael Sanchez knows that hard work pays off. After all, it is the hard work and long hours in the gym that have earned Sanchez offers from 13 schools around the nation.

Looking for a prospect who gives it all to the game of basketball and has a drive and desire to succeed in making it to the NBA? Look no further than Springdale, Arkansas, home of class of 2007 forward prospect Michael Sanchez.

After all, when Sanchez isn't learning in the classroom, he spends most every waking hour in the gym, perfecting his game. "My day starts at 4:30 in the morning," Sanchez said. "It goes until 10:00 each night. I go to the gym before schools and then after school I workout for three hours, take a break, then go for another hour. It's tough, but it pays off."

This summer will be no different and may be even more intense. "I've got a development coach from California coming this summer to stay where I live," Sanchez said. "He's worked out the Lakers and he's going to move into where I live and start working me out and go through a lot of NBA stuff."

Though it is early in his recruitment, his hard work has already paid off to the tune of 13 offers. The 6'9 forward out of Arkansas has picked up offers from Texas A&M, Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Tennessee, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Columbia, Buffalo, Auburn, USC, and Maryland. Kansas, UNC, and a host of other schools also continue to show interest.

When the time comes to make his decision between these schools, Sanchez is interested in finding a coach who can team him what it takes to play in the NBA. "I just want to have a coach that will take me to the next level," he said. Still, he is in no hurry to decide on a school. "I'm not really thinking about my decision," he noted. "I'm just playing ball and leaving everything else alone."

Though he has no favorites and is not focused on his recruitment, Sanchez has made visits in the past including a trip to Wake Forest. "I went there last year on a visit," he said. "I got to see the locker rooms and stuff. I liked everything. I don't know the coaches too much."

This summer, Sanchez will continue to tour with the Arkansas Hawks and will also attend the NBA camp and the ABCD camp.

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