Greensboro, N.C. — Three Guilford College basketball student-athletes received awards for their achievements during the 2007-08 season Sunday night at the team’s annual banquet. Freshman T.C. Anderson (Morrisville, N.C./Green Hope), senior Ray Edmond (Winston-Salem, N.C./North Forsyth) and sophomore Tyler Sanborn (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) were honored.
Anderson, the back up point guard for the Quakers, won the team’s Best Free Throw Percentage Award. He played in 26 games for the Quakers and had a .900 free throw percentage (36-40). He ranked 10th on the team in scoring (2.3 ppg) and sixth in assists (1.19 apg). Anderson also contributed 1.7 rebounds per game and 17 steals. His best performance came against Lynchburg College Dec. 1, when he contributed eight points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal in the Quakers’ win. He also performed well against Hampden-Sydney College Feb. 13, scoring a career-high 10 points and contributing a steal and an assist in the win. He was four-for-four from the free-throw line and shot 50 percent from the floor.
Edmond was awarded the Coaches’ Award. He played for the Quakers in all 29 games this season, starting once. The defensive specialist ranked eighth on the team in scoring (2.8 ppg) and finished sixth on the team in rebounds (2.6 rpg). Edmond also reached the Quakers’ leaderboard in assists (fifth) with 31 and collected 12 steals on the season. His best performance came during the 92-56 win over Roanoke College Jan. 23 when he contributed a season-high nine points and six rebounds.
Sanborn, a 6-9 center, received Guilford’s Most Improved Player Award. He played for the Quakers in 25 games this season, starting 21. He ranked sixth on the team in scoring (6.8 ppg) and finished second in blocks with 35. Sanborn also contributed 6.9 rebounds per game, second on the team. As a rookie, he averaged 3.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. His best performance came against Shenandoah University, where he finished with a career-high 17 points, 11 rebounds and a .778 field-goal percentage. Sanborn also performed well against Eastern Mennonite University when he posted a career-high 15 rebounds and contributed 12 points in the home win. He also ranked among the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) leaders in blocked shots with 1.42 per game (3rd), offensive rebounds with 2.50 per game (6th), defensive rebounds with 4.50 per game (10th), and field-goal percentage with .507 (11th). Sanborn had five double-doubles and scored at least 10 points in seven games.
Coach Tom Palombo’s Quakers finished the season with a 24-5 overall record, 16-2 in the ODAC. Guilford won the ODAC regular-season and tournament titles for the first time in school history and reached the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Quakers hosted first-and second-round NCAA playoff games, ending the year with a first-round loss to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 89-77. The Quakers return 11 letter winners from this year’s team in 2008-09.