Thursday, January 12, 2012
Meet Fresno City College's Tomas Sanchez
The 6-foot-3 Fresno City College sophomore is a combo guard, equally able at the point and two guard spots but even more important is the fact that he is the ultimate competitor, one who brings tangible skills and effort to the court plus intangible influence. Now some may claim such a mantle and some may wish for the accolade but Sanchez illustrates it, being quite the fit for Coach Ed Madec's physical yet cerebral style of play.
As a senior at Shorewood High in Shoreline, Washington (just north of Seattle), his squad finished 4-16. The previous year it was a 2-18 season.
Then playing in a men's league in Seattle, one of the coaches there told Sanchez about Madec and Fresno City.
He headed south.
Now, it's "This is what I've been playing for, it's a good feeling. We made it to the Final Four last year and I've never been on a team that has gone that far. We we're 31-3."
Fresno City College currently stands #4 in the Northern California Regional Poll and #8 in the California State Poll, boasting a 18-3 (2-0) overall record.
His numbers to date: 11.3 points per game on 54% overall shooting, 52% on 53 attempts from long distance, 79% from the foul line plus 150 assists to only 41 turnovers. “More than his numbers, Tomas brings a winner's attitude, leadership, and intangibles that don’t show up on the stat sheet,” Madec offered.
Looking at himself from his freshman year to now, Sanchez sees a change in his role. "We have only two returnees this season so I'm mostly being a leader on this team, trying to get my teammates involved."
Coach Madec added “Tomas is arguably the best player that I have ever coached and he is not replaceable. He epitomizes what our program is all about.”
He answered, "I played football as a kid but my love was for the game of basketball. I had a passion for it since I was really young."
Sanchez wished to thank "my mentor back home in Seattle, Antoine Jones, who always believed in me, my Mom and Dad and Coach Madec. I appreciate everything they have done for me."
He currently sports a 2.7 grade point average and is on his to completing the necessary requirements to move on to the D-1 level.
Sanchez concluded with this vow, "I love to play basketball. I'll always want basketball to be somewhere in my life."