WINTER HAVEN - Sophomore point guard Sidney Sanders has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Fairleigh Dickinson University announced Wednesday.
Sanders played two seasons for Head Coach Matt Furjanic and the Eagles.
He chose Fairleigh Dickinson over Savannah State. Sanders says he picked Fairleigh Dickinson because "I never been up North, it's close to New York City. I am trying to get away from home (Charleston, S.C.) and see something different."
Sanders averaged 13.9 points, 3.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals as a sophomore. He earned back-to-back Suncoast Conference First Team and All-FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 accolades.
"He was our leader during practice and games," said Furjanic. "He set the example for his teammates to follow. For the past two seasons he led us in almost every statistical category."
Playing more of a scorer's role his past two seasons with the Eagles, Sanders feels he will be more of a distributer at Fairleigh Dickinson. "I will be more of a point guard when I get to Fairleigh Dickinson. I will be able to pass and get my teammates involved," he said.
Furjanic believes Sanders' game will transition well at the Division I level. "He will be a similar player as he was here. He is quick with the ball, can create for himself and his team. He is a one man press-breaker," said Furjanic.
Prior to his arrival at Polk, Sanders was a two-sport athlete, playing basketball and football at Burke High School in Charleston, S.C. He was named All-Region in football and basketball. As a senior he was named Class 2A State Player of the Year.
At Fairleigh Dickinson he will be pursuing a degree in Business Management.