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Showtime Ballers 6-foot-1 point guard Corey Sanders came into his final AAU season with a large reputation. But there was one skill he knew he had to improve on to take his game, and his recruitment, to the next level.
"I show the flashy stuff a lot but I have to show that I can run a team and be the point guard that a college and NBA team would want, so that's what I'm trying to do," Sanders said.
An explosive, creative playmaker with a college ready body, Sanders just brings it every time out. He has improved his ball handling and decision making. Sanders can get by just about any defender and finish above the rim or knock down shots if his defender drops back to cut off his dribble-drive. His quickness and strength allow him to be a harassing on-ball defender.
"I'm feeling real good and, playing really good, too," Sanders said. "I'm just proving and showing my game every time I come out and play. I want everybody to see what I do and that I do it well and they're starting to see that."
Sanders game was on full display at the recent NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia where he was named to the All-Camp Team.
"It was a good camp, really good," said Sanders. "We had classes and stuff, so it wasn't just basketball, it was basketball and life. Because, as you know, there's life after basketball, so I learned a lot up there. Playing up there with the coaches and players, learning new offenses and stuff was all good. Being able to run a NBA offense it was good, it great experience overall."
The rising senior started his high school career at McKeel Academy in Lakeland (FL) then, in August 2013, transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton. In November, Sanders left IMG Academy, due to a family illness, to return to Lakeland and attend Kathleen High School where he finished his junior season. That didn't deter coaches from schools in the ACC, AAC, Big 12, Big East, SEC or Pac-12 from offering scholarships.
"Lately I'm hearing from DePaul, Wichita State, Cincinnati, UCF, UNLV and Tennessee the most, and a couple of more, but I can't remember off the top," Sanders said. I'm hearing from USF too. I talk to Coach Orlando [Antigua] all the time.
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound point guard told us that he'd like to visit DePaul, Wake Forest and Cincinnati after taking the S.A.T. For now, the No. 66 ranked player in the 2015 class is preparing for the Reebok Classic Breakout in Philadelphia on July 8-11th and his final month of AAU ball. Sanders de-committed from UCF last October because he said he simply chose too early.
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