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Jesse SandersClass: Senior
Previous School: Homeschooled
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
2011 (Jr.): Started 31 of the Flames 32 contests … named to the Big South All-Conference First Team and voted 2010-11 Big South Player of the Year … received Associated Press All-America honorable mention … also earned Mid-Major All-America honorable mention from Collegehoops.net … tabbed second team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District and Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State … led the league in assists with 183 (5.7 apg) … heads into final season fifth on Liberty's all-time career assist list with 472 helpers … finished third on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg) … concluded the season as Liberty's second-leading rebounder (6.0 rpg) … posted 14 points and 10 rebounds versus Winthrop (12/4) … chipped in 12 points and six rebounds against George Mason (12/11) … paced the Flames with 19 points in a 64-62 overtime win at Gardner-Webb (12/31) … hit two crucial free throws to send contest into overtime, followed by a game-winning jumper in the final four seconds … led the Flames with 16 points and hit key three-pointer in final 1:30 to give Liberty the 59-55 victory at UNC Asheville (1/2), earning Co-Big South Player of the Week on Jan. 3 for his clutch performances … recorded his third career triple-double on Jan. 6 with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 68-54 win versus Charleston Southern … posted 21 and 20 points respectively in back-to-back games against VMI (1/20) and UNC Asheville (1/27) … led the Flames with 19 tallies at Winthrop (2/24) … named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
2010 (So.): Only member of the Flames' roster to start all 31 contests … led Liberty in rebounds (6.7 rpg), assists (4.9 apg) and steals (36) ... team rebounding leader 13 times during the season, assist leader 24 times and steals leader 11 times ... achieved double figures in scoring 11 times … named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll … began the season with a 15-point performance at George Mason (11/13) … recorded second career triple-double against Kentucky Christian (12/12), dropping 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists ... became the first player in school and Big South history to own two career triple-doubles… ended the season tied for sixth in the conference in rebounding and third in assists … garnered five double-doubles over the course of the season ... finished with 16 points at Radford (1/23) … achieved a career-high in rebounds against VMI (1/28), grabbing 15 boards ... posted 15 tallies at and added seven rebounds at UNC Asheville (2/11) … finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists in regular-season finale at Charleston Southern (2/27) … capped the season off with a career-high 25 points against Winthrop in the Big South Championship quarterfinals (3/2).
2009 (Fr.): Big South All-Freshman Team … nine times he committed zero turnovers in a game … No. 22 in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4) and led the Big South in same category … only point guard in the nation to average over 5.0 rebounds per game, with at least 40 percent coming at the offensive end … one of 10 point guards in the nation to pull down at least 5.0 rebounds per contest … appeared in 32 of Liberty's 35 games, starting 29 ... pulled down six offensive rebounds as the Flames' point guard in his collegiate debut against Montreat (11/14) ... dished out a game-high eight assists, while not committing a turnover at Virginia (11/25) ... earned all-tournament team honors, helping Liberty capture the championship of the Liberty Thanksgiving Classic ... netted a career-high 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting against Coker (11/28) ... pulled down eight rebounds, five of the offensive variety, helping Liberty defeat William & Mary in double-overtime (11/29) ... chipped in 11 points in the victory over the Tribe .... named Big South Conference New Balance Freshman of the Week on Dec. 1 for games played Nov. 24-30 ... scored seven points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out six assists in overtime win against George Mason (12/1) ... tallied 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting and dished out six assists at Clemson (12/7) ... scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds at Saint Louis (12/19) ... netted 10 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots against Cincinnati Christian (12/28) ... scored 12 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out eight assists at VMI (1/17) ... dished out nine assists, while not committing a turnover and grabbed nine rebounds against High Point (1/27) ... tallied 10 markers, while dishing out six assists and pulling down seven rebounds against UNC Asheville (1/31) ... registered Liberty's first triple-double in the program's Division I era with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Presbyterian (2/9) ... the triple-double was the fifth all-time in Big South Conference history ... committed no turnovers against the Blue Hose for his seventh game of the season without a turnover ... scored nine points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out six assists at Charleston Southern (2/14) ... nabbed second New Balance Big South Freshman of the Week honors on Feb. 16 for games played Feb. 9-15 ... scored 10 points, pulled down four rebounds and dished out three assists in 24 minutes, his longest period of action after returning from an ankle injury, in the CIT opening round against Rider (3/17) ... scored career high 16 points in the CIT second round contest against James Madison (3/23).
Prep: 2008 homeschooled graduate… two-time Home School National Player of the Year (2007 & 2008) … led his home school team, the HCYA Warriors, to a 41-3 record against some of the top 5A and prep schools in the Houston area as a senior … averaged 15.2 points, 11.4 assists, 9.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game during senior campaign … helped the Warriors win six of the seven tournament they participated in during the 2007-08 season … averaged 16.7 points, 10.2 assists, 8.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals as a junior … named to the Home School National All-American team as a sophomore … came from the same home school program that sophomore Rachel McLeod of the Liberty women's basketball program played for.
Personal: Son of Tom and Nancy Sanders … birthday is June 5 … majoring in business … older brother Thomas Sanders earned AP Honorable Mention All-American, Mid-Major All-American and Atlantic Sun Player of the Year honors at Gardner-Webb in 2008 … older brother Ethan Sanders played at Moody Bible in Chicago, Ill.