For St. John's fans who are excited about incoming 6'8" forward Orlando Sanchez - and those on the fence about him and what he can do - have a number of opportunities to catch up on the talented Dominican's game.
Sanchez averaged 10.2 ppg/ 8.0 rpg/ 2.2 apg/ 1.9 bpg for the Monroe College Mustangs, leading the team to a third-place finish at the NJCAA National Championships in March. Described as an selfless athlete who can, in the words of coach Steve Lavin, "play maker, shot make, defend multiple positions, block shots and rebound," his full skill set has been on display at Nike Pro City at Baruch College. And he'll be suiting up for the Dominican Republic's national side, trying to earn a spot in the upcoming Olympic games.
At Pro City, he runs with the Dyckman team, which includes former Cornell center Jeff Foote and current NBA player MarShon Brooks. He tells the New York Post it's a "good experience," and judging by the video, he's playing solidly, despite not seeing many touches.
Sanchez enters at about the 14.57 mark (h/t to the BBall Diary. Watch him get open, willingly set screens, and be a team player.
And if you want more Orlando Sanchez, check out the qualifying tournament for the last three spots in this summer's 2012 London Olympics. The Dominican Republic is vying for one of three spots in a 12-team tournament next week; the Dominican's preliminary is on Tuesday, July 3rd at 11:00 Caracas, Venezuela time.
Sanchez is a bench player for the Dominicans, behind a number of NBA players (though not Charlie Villanueva, who was deemed too overweight for competition) including Al Horford and Kentucky grad Eloy Vargas.
If you get to catch Sanchez, let us know how he's doing; we'll try to watch a little as well.