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Sanders Earns Multiple All-America Honors

March 29, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Jesse Sanders continues to rack up postseason honors, becoming the first Flame in program history to be named AP All-America Honorable Mention.

Jesse Sanders continues to rack up postseason honors, becoming the first Flame in program history to be named AP All-America Honorable Mention.

Liberty junior point guard Jesse Sanders has been named Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention, as announced by the organization. The rising senior was also tabbed CollegeHoops.net Mid-Major All-America Honorable Mention.

Sanders is the first Flame in program history to receive the dual honors. However, the Sugar Land, Texas native is the second member of his family to receive AP accolades. In 2008, his elder brother Thomas Sanders was named AP All-America Honorable Mention during his senior season at Gardner-Webb.

Liberty's starting point guard has now accumulated five postseason honors this year. In addition to being voted first team all-conference and 2011 Big South Player of the Year, Sanders was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 3 All-District Second Team.

Sanders led the Big South in assists this season, handing out a league-high 183 and averaging 5.7 per game. He also was 11th in rebounding at 6.0 per game and averaged 11.4 points in 32 games played.

The first player in Big South history with 500 career rebounds and 400 career assists, Sanders had eight games this season with at least eight rebounds and 14 games with at least seven assists. He recorded three double-doubles as well as his Big South-record third career triple-double during the 2010-11 campaign.