Jesse Sanders

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Jesse Sanders
Jesse Sanders - Aurora Basket Jesi 2012.JPG
No. 25 – S.L. Benfica
Position Point guard
League Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol
Personal information
Born (1989-06-05) June 5, 1989 (age 28)
Sugar Land, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 34 in (1.90 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Homeschool Christian Youth Association
(Richmond, Texas)
College Liberty (2008–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2013 Fileni BPA Jesi
2013–2014 Sydney Kings
2014–2015 Limburg United
2015–2016 Tigers Tübingen
2016–2017 BG Göttingen
2017–present S.L. Benfica
Career highlights and awards

Jesse Sanders (born June 5, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for S.L. Benfica of the Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol. Sanders is known for his decorated college career for Liberty University, where he was the first NCAA Division I player to record a triple-double in each of his four varsity seasons.[1]

College career[edit]

At Liberty, Sanders was a four-year starter at point guard. For his career, he scored 1,235 points (9.7 per game). He also graduated as the school's all-time assist leader with 726.[2] In 2011, Sanders was named the Big South Conference Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press. In the 2011–12 season, his 8.0 assists per game was the third-highest mark in the nation.[1]

Professional career[edit]


In June 2012, Sanders signed with Fileni BPA Jesi of Italy for the 2012–13 season.[3] In 25 games, he averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game in his first professional season.[4]


On June 8, 2013, Sanders signed with the Sydney Kings for the 2013–14 NBL season.[1] On November 14, 2013, Sanders was informed that the November 15 game against the Townsville Crocodiles would be his last, after the Kings signed former NBA veteran Sam Young.[5][6]

On February 23, 2014, the Kings announced that Sanders would be returning to the club following import Charles Carmouche's decision to return the United States.[7][8] On March 16, 2014, Sanders recorded a near triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in a crucial 100-90 win over the Adelaide 36ers.[9]

In 13 games for the Kings (over his two stints), Sanders averaged 10.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.[10]


On August 24, 2014, Sanders signed with Limburg United of Belgium for the 2014–15 season.[11]


On May 22, 2015, Sanders signed with Tigers Tübingen of Germany.[12]

On June 21, 2016, Sanders signed with BG Göttingen for the 2016–17 season.[13]


On August 21, 2017, Sanders signed with S.L. Benfica for the 2017–18 season.[14]


Sanders is the son of Tom and Nancy Sanders. He is one of six children: two older brothers, Thomas and Ethan, a younger brother, John, and two sisters.[15][16] He also has a wife named Courtney.[8]

As a child, Sanders and his brother, Thomas, started a small business called Sanders Bros Landscaping.[16]

Jesse and his brother John Caleb Sanders operate Sanders Family Photo Booth in the Lynchburg area.


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