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Impact player: Idaho’s Victor Sanders

Idaho guard Victor Sanders, left, shown against USC last season, burned Portland State for 40 points on Thursday. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Idaho guard Victor Sanders, left, shown against USC last season, burned Portland State for 40 points on Thursday. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

For the Vandals to overtake Weber State and Montana – the only teams that finished ahead of them in the Big Sky last season – Victor Sanders needs to make another leap in his development.

Even if you don’t notice it in the junior’s stats.

Last year the 6-foot-5 guard earned second-team all-Big Sky honors after averaging 15.9 points and shooting 42 percent from 3 – a huge jump from his freshman year.

Sanders looked poised to have a monster end of the season before breaking his hand in late January and missing seven conference games. He scored 33, 29 and 27 points in the three games before the injury, and then scored 20 or more only once after coming back.

“I don’t know if this year there will be a huge leap in his scoring numbers,” assistant Kirk Earlywine said. “We’re hoping his shooting percentages go up a little bit, even though he shot a really good percentage last year. We need him to reduce his turnovers. And we need him to become a more sound defensive player.”


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