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Friday / May 24.
  • Corey Sanders Says Rutgers, UNLV, DePaul, USF Working Hard

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    NEW YORK — Corey Sanders is in the Big Apple for a pair of All-Star games this weekend, the Big Strick Classic on Saturday at the Gauchos Gym and the Reebok Classic X Monday at Rucker Park.

    The 6-foot-1, 180-pound point guard from Bradenton (FL) Kathleen still has to take his standardized test in October, but says he has several fall visits in mind.

    “I have to take my test and stuff,” the onetime UCF commit told SNY.tv Friday morning at Big Strick practice at the Gauchos Gym. “I want to visit Rutgers, DePaul and UNLV.”

    Rutgers remains in the mix for fellow 2015 point guard Isaiah Briscoe, who is also considering Arizona, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova.

    But Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan and assistant Greg Vetrone focused a lot of attention on Sanders in July, watching him at various events.

    “I just know Eddie Jordan was an NBA coach and he played in the league, so I know he knows what it takes to get to that level,” Sanders said. “And I know Coach ‘Shoes’ is a good man.

    “Like every other school, they tell you you will come in with the ball in your hands, so you know that’s what they tell you. But I trust everything they’re telling me.”

    UNLV is also an option.

    “They got some solid players over there right now, Rashad Vaughn, Jordan [Cornish], a couple players from Findlay [Prep],” Sanders said. “When I was out there, I got the chance to talk to Rashad and the players. They tell me they like it, they really get after it. The coaches are on them, trying to make them better so I like what I hear.

    DePaul remains in the mix as well.

    “I like the coaching staff and coach [Oliver] Purnell,” Sanders said. “In the Big East, it would just be a great opportunity to go play over there, too. Coach Purnell is a good coach so it would just be all good.”

    Sanders also mentioned USF and Auburn as schools he’s considering.

    His AAU teammate on the Showtime Ballers, Dwayne Bacon, is considering several schools, including UNLV and USF, which are on Sanders’s list.

    “We talk about it but it would have to be a situation where we both of us can fit in, not one of us go and play and one of us not,” Sanders said. “If it works out that way, it would be good.”

    Wherever he goes, Sanders hopes to make a difference.

    “I can pass, score, play defense, bring high energy, so everything,” he said.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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