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Pepe Sanchez

Allsport
Position: Point Guard
College: Temple
Conference: Atlantic Ten
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 198
Age: 23
Birthdate: 05/08/77
High School: EEM No. 3, Bahia Blanca, Argentina

It's a testament to Sanchez's ability that, even though he missed eight games while nursing foot and ankle injuries and averaged fewer than six points per game, he was still chosen MVP of the Atlantic 10, because he's a true lead guard who knows how to set up his teammates. Despite missing so many games, he dished out 201 assists. Sanchez is also an excellent defender -- he made 85 steals as a senior -- and is a great rebounder. One thing he doesn't do well is shoot from the perimeter (though he made a respectable 33 percent of his 3-pointers last season). And the question remains: Can he play in the NBA without a consistent jump shot to keep defenses honest? Sanchez re-injured his ankle the night before the NBA's Phoenix tryout camp and couldn't play. That didn't help his chances to get drafted.

Career Statistics
Seasons  FGs  PCT  3-pts  PCT  FTs  PCT  RPG  APG  BLK  STL  PTS  PPG 
96-97
97-98
98-99
99-00
Totals
31
27
33
25
116
113-318
87-266
91-263
46-142
337-989
.355
.327
.346
.324
.341
56-175
32-119
35-134
27-80
150-508
.320
.269
.261
.338
.295
29-44
52-70
55-75
22-28
158-217
.659
.743
.733
.786
.728
4.2
4.1
5.2
5.5
4.8
5.3
4.9
5.8
8.0
5.9
1
2
5
3
11
86
93
101
85
365
311
258
272
141
982
10.0
9.6
8.2
5.6
8.5
 

Senior Season

  • Atlantic 10 Player of the Year
  • AP Third Team All-America
  • A-10 Defensive Player of the Year
  • Temple's all-time steals leader with 365, falling 11 short of the NCAA record
  • Averaged 8.0 apg -- sixth in the nation
  • Averaged 3.4 steals a game -- third in the nation
  • Had a conference-best 3.9:1 assists to turnover ratio
  • Missed eight games following a sprained ankle

    Junior Season

  • A-10 Conference first team
  • A-10 Conference Defensive Team
  • Became Temple's all-time single-season steals leader with 101
  • Had two or fewer turnovers in 25 of the 33 games

    Sophomore Season

  • Led the team with 5.3 apg
  • Second in the nation with 3.4 steals per game
  • Selected as the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year
  • Third Team All-Conference

    Freshman Season

  • Named to the A-10 All-Rookie team
  • Led the Owls in both assists (5.3) and steals (2.8)

    Notables

  • Played three seasons with the Argentina National Team ('93-95)
  • Played in the '98 Goodwill Game for Argentina and Played in the '95 World Championships
  • Full name is Juan Sanchez


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