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23 - Wesley Saunders
Wesley Saunders
Height: 6-5
Weight: 215
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Windward
Position: Guard/Forward

Freshman (2011-12):
Recipient of Hamilton Fish Most Improved Player Award ... Played in 30 games ... Averaged 3.3 points per game ... Dished out three assists and collected three boards in career debut against MIT (Nov. 11) ... Scored 10 points in only 17 minutes, shooting 4-of-4 from the field at Holy Cross (Nov. 15) ... Came down with four rebounds and blocked a shot at Loyola Marymount (Nov. 19) ... Made two baskets and three free throws for seven points in win over No. 20 Florida State at Battle 4 Atlantis (Nov. 25) ... Blocked two shots, made two steals and pulled down four rebounds at No. 9 Connecticut (Dec. 8) ... Went 4-of-4 from the line and had two rebounds against Dartmouth (Jan. 7) ... Netted seven points, hitting three baskets, and dishing out two assists at Monmouth (Jan. 10) ... Sank two buckets for four points at Yale (Jan. 27) ... Sank two baskets and went 4-of-4 from the line for eight points, while grabbing four rebounds against Cornell (Feb. 3) ... Hit three baskets and finished with nine points against Brown (Feb. 17) ... Went 5-of-6 from the floor, scoring 10 points against Penn (Feb. 25) ... Dished out a career-high five assists in regular-season finale at Cornell (March 3).

Background:
Son of Ramona and Edward ... Lettered in basketball and volleyball at Windward High … Served as basketball captain during senior year … Averaged 20.2 points and 10 rebounds per game during senior season … Helped team win Division IV state basketball title … Named All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Division IV-AA Co-Player of the Year … Tabbed to 2011 Parade Magazine All-American third team … Nominated to 2011 McDonald’s All-America team … Honored as Cal-Hi Sports State Player of the Year (CIF Division IV) … Selected to Los Angeles Times 2011 All-Star team … As a junior, was the recipient of the John R. Wooden High School player of the Year Award (CIF Division V) … Named to all-state first team … Honored as Olympic League MVP … As a sophomore, helped Windward win state championship for Division V, scoring 21 points in the final … Has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity … Father, Ed Saunders, played defensive back at Iowa and graduated in 1977 … Uncle, John Saunders, played professional football with the Los Angeles Rams and was drafted in the fourth round in 1972 … Other interests include reading, chess, board games, collecting shoes and music. 

Wesley Saunders with Marcyliena Morgan, Professor of African and African American Studies and Executive Director of the HipHop Archive, inside of the HipHop Archive. The HipHop Archive is located in the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, on Mount Auburn Street.