Princeton Standout Sanders Commits To Ohio State


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It’s been just a little over a year since Princeton junior Brianna Sanders had surgery to repair her torn anterior cruciate ligament. In a little over another year she will be a freshman at Ohio State.

Sanders recently selected the Buckeyes over Xavier, West Virginia, Pitt and Cincinnati.

It’s been just a little over a year since Brianna Sanders had surgery to repair her torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Sanders, one of the state's top basketball players in the 2009 class, had surgery April 12, 2007 after she tore her ACL during an AAU tournament game after her sophomore season.

Despite the long recovery, the Cincinnati Princeton junior guard still had the attention of several major Division I college programs this spring.

Last weekend, the 5-foot-11 Sanders made an oral commitment to play basketball at Ohio State on her way back from an AAU tournament in Chicago.

“She just felt more comfortable going to an established program,” said Steve Sanders, Brianna’s father.

Brianna also considered West Virginia, Cincinnati, Xavier and Pittsburgh, according to Steve Sanders.

“I think it’s a great decision,” Princeton coach Jill Phillips said.

Steve, a former football and basketball player at the University of Cincinnati, said his daughter is almost 100 percent healthy and has already played in two AAU tournaments this spring.

“There are no restrictions – she is moving and doing well,” Steve said.

Despite missing action in several games at the beginning of the high school season, Sanders was a Cincinnati Enquirer Division I honorable mention all-star last winter. She averaged 7.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 assists in 13 games. She shot over 48 percent percent for 3-pointers.

As a sophomore, Sanders was a first-team all-Enquirer selection. She averaged 14.8 points and 4.6 rebounds as a sophomore. She was also honorable mention all-state that season.

Steve said Brianna can play any one of the three backcourt positions.

“In talking to (Ohio State) coach (Jim) Foster, he likes her versatility and really likes her basketball IQ,” Steve said.

Steve said Brianna wants to help give the Vikings an opportunity to win the Greater Miami Conference title next winter.

Princeton was 16-6 overall and 11-3 in the GMC last winter. The Vikings were second in the league to West Chester Lakota West, which was a Division I state runner-up.

Princeton lost to Cincinnati Oak Hills 64-55 in the sectional final Feb. 16 at Milford.

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