The lone scholarship senior on the 2003-04 Aztecs, Sanders has been named captain for the upcoming season by Steve Fisher... One of the top defensive presences in the Mountain West Conference for several years, Sanders will look to expand his offensive presence this season... A great rebounder with a strong knowledge of the game, Sanders will log time at both the four and five spots this season... He enters his senior campaign with 324 points, 391 rebounds, 69 blocked shots and 79 games, he will join walk-on Ben Wardrop as the first Aztecs to play four seasons under Steve Fisher... Has led San Diego State in rebounding 24 times during his career and has eight games with 10 or more boards... He had 90 more rebounds than any other Aztec last season.
As A Junior (2002-03 Season)
MWC Rankings: 1st in offensive rebounding (3.43), 3rd in rebounding (7.6), 7th in defensive rebounding (4.17), 9th in blocked shots (0.83)...One of five players to see action in all 30 games and one of just three players and the only non-senior to start all 30 contests... Led the Aztecs in rebounds per game (7.6) and tied for team-high honors in games played (30), games started (30) and blocked shots (25)... Averaged 6.1 points per game - the fifth highest total on the squad - second most among the non-seniors... Named MWC Player of the Week on 2-10-03... Recorded two point-rebound double-doubles (12 points, 14 rebounds at Houston (12-21-02) and 14 points, 14 rebounds vs. Wyoming (2-3-03)... Had six double-digit scoring games and 10 double-digit rebound efforts... Averaged a remarkable 11.4 rebounds per 40 minutes of action... Scored in the final 27 games of the season and in 29 of 30 contests overall... Shot 50 percent or better from the field in 19 of the final 25 games... In the last 23 games he connected on 59-of-115 field goal attempts (51.3 percent) after connecting on 13-of-31 (41.9 percent) to open the season... Posted his second career double-double with career-high 14 points and 14 rebounds vs. Wyoming (2-3-03)... Had a six-point, 10-rebound performance vs. Colorado State (2-1-03)... Posted a 5-for-6 shooting night en route to 10 points in 24 minutes at New Mexico (1-25-03)... Had an 11-point, six rebound performance in 19 minutes against USD (1-8-03)... Had 31 assists in the final 24 games, surpassing what he had in his entire freshman and sophomore seasons, combined... Had a string of 11 consecutive games with a blocked shot snapped at Houston (12-21-02)... His role increased dramatically in the 2002-03 season due to the departure of first-team all-Mountain West Conference performer Randy Holcomb and the decision of junior Chris Walton to redshirt... Had a career game when he tallied 12 points and added career highs with 14 rebounds, four assists, and three steals at Houston (12-21-02)... Posted a 12-rebound performance at Long Beach State (12-10-02)... Played a career-high and team-best 40 minutes in the opener against Eastern Washington, which was more than he played in any two games as a sophomore in 2001-02.
As A Sophomore (2001-02 Season)
MWC Rankings: 7th in blocked shots (0.88).
One of six players to see action in all 33 games... San Diego State team rankings: second in blocked shots (29), tied for fifth in rebounding (102/3.1 per game), tied for seventh in steals (16), eighth in scoring (81/2.5 per game) and ninth in minutes played (364/11.0 per game)... Connected on 37-of-66 field goal attempts for 56.1 percent... That figure would have not only led the team but would have ranked second in the Mountain West Conference had he qualified... Had a season-long 13-game scoring streak from Nov. 21 through Jan. 12, averaging 4.1 ppg during the streak... That was broken when he did not attempt a shot (field goal or free throw) at Utah (1-14-02)... His 29 blocked shots left him just six short of a spot on the school's top-10 single-season chart... Blocked at least one shot in 22-of-33 games, including 10 of the last 11 games of the season.. Tied a career-high with four blocked shots at UNLV (1-26-02)... Ended the season with seven blocks in his final four games (three Mountain West Conference tournament games and the NCAA Tournament) during which he played a total of 43 minutes (one block per 6.14 minutes)... Scored a career-high 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field against UC San Diego (11-27-01)... Also posted six rebounds against the Tritons in 20 minutes of work... Enjoyed a 10-point, seven-rebound effort in the MWC tournament semifinal victory over Wyoming (3-8-02)... Despite playing only 14 minutes against the Cowboys, he was one of three Aztec players to score in double figures and his rebound total tied for game-high honors... With starting center Mike Mackell fouled out of the contest, Sanders logged an impressive second-half against the Cowboys, with four points, four rebounds, a blocked shot and all three of the Aztecs' second-half offensive rebounds in seven minutes of action... His putback off an offensive rebound with 2:07 to play started a 6-2 run that eventually gave SDSU the 70-69 victory... His six blocked shots during the Mountain West Conference Tournament were twice as many as the second-highest total in the tournament... Pulled down a career-best 10 rebounds to go along with six points in 19 minutes of action at New Mexico State (11-24-01)... A smart player who does little on the floor to hurt the team, Sanders committed 19 turnovers in 364 minutes of action (one turnover every 19:09) and had a blocked shot-to-turnover ratio of 1.5-to-1... Only non-freshman, scholarship player who did not start a contest during the season.
As A Freshman (2000-01 Season)
Played in the first 16 games of the season before a stress reaction in his right foot kept him sidelined the rest of his freshman campaign... Set a season-high with nine points at Brigham Young (1-13-01)... Connected on his first two shots at the collegiate level and ended his first game with six points and two rebounds against UC San Diego (11-18-00)... Followed that up with a strong defensive effort which resulted in three blocked shots and four rebounds in 19 minutes of action against New Mexico State (11-21-00)... Recorded a season-high eight rebounds at UC Santa Barbara (12-6-00)... Pulled down seven rebounds, including four on the offensive end, against Fresno State (11-27-00) and Florida Atlantic (11-30-00)... Set a season-high with four blocks in 22 minutes on the floor against FAU... Recorded a block in five consecutive games and had five multiple-block games as a rookie... Following his last game on Jan. 15, Sanders was eighth in scoring, fourth in rebounding, third in field-goal percentage, third in offensive rebounding, second in blocked shots and tied for fourth in steals on the squad... He also led Aztec freshmen in nearly every category including scoring, rebounding and minutes played.
A two-time all-CIF performer at Gardena Serra... Averaged 24 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks as a senior... A three-time first-team all-Del Rey League selection... Played on a pair of CIF section championship teams... Was good for 18 points and 12.4 rebounds as a junior... In the 1999 CIF Division IV title game, he scored 25 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked four shots on his way to player-of-the-game honors.
Born June 1, 1982, in Harbor City... Parents are Jimmy and Cynthia Sanders... Both parents are postal employees... Took official visits to Oregon State and Pittsburgh during his senior season... Was ranked as the 10th-best forward at the Best of the West camp... Majoring in political science.