After a memorable performance that took Madison Square Garden by storm, Corey Sanders officially received the recognition that he deserved by being named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team on Sunday by the media.
Sanders averaged 24.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.7 steals in 35.3 minutes spread over three games. He was 32 of 60 for 53.3% from the field, 1 of 5 for 20% from 3-point range, and 9 of 13 for 69.3% from the free throw line. He made countless big shots throughout the tournament and willed Rutgers to a best ever Quarterfinals appearance. It was an heroic, three day performance for Sanders and one Rutgers fans will remember forever.
Here is a compilation of highlights that Brian Fonseca put together of Sanders at the Big Ten Tournament.
He certainly proved the doubters wrong and fortunately was rewarded for his play at the Big Ten Tournament. Sanders was snubbed by both the coaches and media when he didn’t receive an honorable mention recognition for the Big Ten regular season, in which Sanders averaged 14.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 steal in 18 contests.
Here is our video of Sanders after the loss to Purdue when he spoke to the media about the snub and the motivation it provided, his and the team’s quest for respect during the Big Ten Tournament, as well as his thoughts on Mike Williams and Geo Baker.
He was named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team along with Michigan’s Moe Wagner, Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman, Penn State’s Tony Carr, and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards. Wagner was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament as Michigan defeated Purdue in the Championship game.
Sanders said on Friday night that he will take some time to decide on whether he will return to Rutgers for his senior season or opt to play professionally, whether that will be the NBA or overseas. If this was his last week in a Rutgers uniform, what a final ride he gave Scarlet Knight fans. If he does return, the prospect of him leading a team with several new additions, including 4-star recruit Montez Mathis, JUCO star Shaq Carter, as well as his current teammates led by Baker, will leave Rutgers fans counting the days until the start of next season. Either way, Sanders cemented his legacy as a true Rutgers great this past season.