2020 wing Tony Sanders Jr. is starting to gain some more recognition outside of his native state of Florida.
He’s already received offers from Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast. In February, he got his first offer outside of his home state, with Wyoming reaching out. Now, the Xavier Musketeers have entered the mix, as of Sunday afternoon.
Sanders, a 6-foot-7 and 190-pound forward, is listed as a four-star recruit on 247 Sports composite rankings. This past season, as a junior, he was a bright spot on a Gulliver Prep (Fla.) team that made it to the Class 5A state regional quarterfinals. Sanders led the way in a season where he averaged a career-high 20 points per game. He shot 44.5 percent on the floor and averaged 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals.
He has been a key piece for the Raiders, making an impact ever since he first joined the varsity team as a freshman. Sanders dazzles with his athleticism and leaping ability, which is on display when he throws down a dunk or when he crashes the glass for a rebound. He was the Raiders’ second-highest rebounder this past season, and he doesn’t seem to take it easy on the boards.
Sanders is a talented scorer that can get it done in a variety of ways. He’s not a stellar three-point shooter, but he’s able to keep opposing defenses honest at the perimeter. He truly shines inside the arc, where he’s able to attack the basket and rise up to finish at the rim. He’s not afraid to work through traffic and can finish through contact. Sanders has a solid mid-range jumper and can pull up off the dribble or in catch-and-shoot situations on a cut.
Xavier is smart to get to him earlier than most, because with the way he is trending, it won’t be long before other schools start to notice him too. He won’t be a Florida-kept secret for long.