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Monroe Hoop Star Sanchez Chooses St. John's

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The fifth and final starter on Monroe College’s men’s basketball team has chosen his NCAA school. Orlando Sanchez will join teammate Marco Bourgault on the St. John’s Red Storm.

“Primo,” as his teammates call him, helped lead the Mustangs to a fifth-place finish at the NJCAA national tournament and also made the all-tournament team. He was a Region 15 Second-Team All-Star and averaged 10.2 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game and 1.9 blocks per game.

"I discussed it with my family and friends and we decided that this was the best opportunity," Sanchez said. "I'm looking forward to staying in New York and helping the Red Storm become champions. I'll also be able to continue playing alongside my good friend and teammate Marco Bourgault and am looking very forward to playing some games at Madison Square Garden."

As a freshman, Sanchez earned honorable mention All-American honors. He averaged 8.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg (seventh in the nation) and 4.3 bpg (third in the nation) in his first year. He averaged 10.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 3.0 bpg in the 2011 national tournament and made the all-tournament team. Sanchez also played on the Dominican Republic national team led by University of Kentucky coach John Calipari.

"Orlando was tremendous not only for our basketball program, but for the Monroe community as a whole," said Coach Jeff Brustad. "On and off the court he was one of the best student/athletes we ever had. He embraced the Monroe College community and that affection was returned. Also, as a teammate, he was as good as you could ask for. He was as happy for his teammates' achievements as for his own. We're excited for Orlando and for St. John's. They're getting a heck of a young man."

From a report by Monroe College Athletics/Gary Axelbank

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