Jesse Sanders earned his sixth postseason accolade this year, as he was named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors All-State Second Team. this afternoon.
Liberty junior point guard Jesse Sanders has been named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Men's Basketball University Division All-State Second Team, as announced by the organization today. The floor general is the sixth Flame in program history to earn a spot on the second team and the first since Alex McLean (2008). Sanders' most recent postseason honor marks his sixth of the year. Last week, the Sugar Land, Texas native received All-America Honorable Mention accolades from the Associated Press and CollegeHoops.net. In addition, he was named first team all-conference, 2011 Big South Player of the Year and second team all-district by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). 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, including his Big South-record third career triple-double during the 2010-11 campaign.
2011 VaSID University Division All-State Men's Basketball
First-Team Kevin Anderson, Richmond Denzel Bowles, James Madison Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech Justin Harper, Richmond Frank Hassell, Old Dominion Jamie Skeen, VCU
Second-Team Antwan Carter, Longwood Cam Long, George Mason Kyle O'Quinn, Norfolk State Darrion Pellum, Hampton Jesse Sanders, Liberty
Honorable Mention Jeff Allen, Virginia Tech Kent Bazemore, Old Dominion Bradford Burgess, VCU Austin Kenon, VMI Quinn McDowell, William and Mary Joey Rodriguez, VCU
Player of the Year: Justin Harper, University of Richmond
Coach of the Year: Shaka Smart, VCU
Rookie of the Year: D.J. Covington, VMI
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