Corey Sanders, the enigmatic high-flying point guard from Rutgers University declared for the NBA Draft earlier in the year but was undrafted leaving his future in basketball in limbo. Sanders had a preference to stay in the states but as summer league had passed and training camp was already underway the NBA dream pretty much had struck midnight. Today, that dream offered some light.
After months of posts working out at the Houston Rockets facility, Sanders signed a contract with their G-League affiliate the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Sanders came into Rutgers with plenty of fanfare that was generated by a combination of a high recruit ranking as well as one of the most impressive highlight tapes in recent years. Sanders would go on to play three years at Rutgers where he had some very high moments that included wins over nationally ranked teams and making the all-tournament team for the 2018 Big 10 tournament. His career was also marked with some upsetting lows, such as suspensions by two different coaches for violating team rules.
What Sanders calling card is in basketball is his elite athleticism at the point guard position, he can jump over any defender in his way and has the speed and quickness to get past most defenders that try to guard him. With all that athleticism comes some pitfalls in his game. Decision making was poor throughout his time with the Scarlet Knights, he didn’t set up teammates very well and became more of a combo guard than a true point guard. Sanders has an inconsistent jump shot at best, he can make three-pointers but not at a very high clip. Sanders offensive game predicated on his ability to make tough shots over taller defenders and make a plethora of shots with him falling away from the basket after creating separation.
Corey Sanders has dominated this game for Rutgers.
— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) March 2, 2018
Although Sanders doesn’t come to the G-League with a prolific college career on his resume or elite measurables that some teams like to take flyers on and stash in the G-League, Sanders has some tools in his box that you can’t teach at any level. Whether or not Sanders makes the jump from the G-League to the Association will. Depend on his ability to improve greatly in the areas that affected him in college, if he can use his elite athleticism to become a great facilitator and true point guard, as well as using his quickness on the defensive side of the ball and not use it to take gambles, then the tools are in the shed for him to crack a roster somewhere.
Chances are Corey Sanders will spend all year out of the NBA but there is a chance for him to impress and one that he should make the best of if he wants to continue his career of playing basketball at a high level here in the United States.