Rakim Sanders, one of the top players in the Northeast, is staying close to home. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound wing from St. Andrew's School in Barrington, Rhode Island will announce his decision to play at Boston College at an afternoon press conference on Monday.
Sanders, a four-star prospect from the class of 2007, said Boston College's location mixed with a high-profile conference played a big part in his decision.
"It is close to home but far away enough to feel like you are away," Sanders said. "Plus it's the ACC. It's one of the best conferences out there. Everyone says the best players go to the ACC."
His coach Mike Hart believes Sanders is the kind of player that can help the Eagles as a freshman.
"They are looking for a couple of wings in 2007 and they are looking for some guys that can come in and make an impact," Hart said. "I think Rakim is that type of player."
Al Skinner is known for developing players like Sanders into productive wing players and Hart believes his star prospect will fit in nicely in Chestnut Hill.
"(Skinner) does a good job with big guards and small forward and that is what Rakim is going to be in college," Hart said. "Rakim will have the opportunity to get better quickly in that system."
"They play a fast break style and that is the style that I like to play in," Sanders said. "It's a pretty good fit."
Sanders said he picked Boston College over interest from Providence, Florida and Ohio State.