Greensboro, N.C. –Senior Tyler Sanborn (Mount Airy, N.C./Elkin) of the men’s basketball team won the Guilford College Student-Athlete of the Week Award Monday. The weekly prize is presented by Guilford’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

A 6-9, 260-pound center, Sanborn averaged 24.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in the Quakers’ 3-0 week. He scored 27 points in both of Guilford’s victories at the weekend Lon Varnell Classic in Tennessee, which extended the Quakers’ winning streak to four. Sanborn notched three more double-doubles on the week, increasing his team-leading total to seven. He opened the week with 20 points and 17 rebounds in the Quakers’ 82-53 victory over visiting Maryville (Tenn.) College, which entered the Dec. 16 game with an 8-1 record.

Sanborn scored 27 points and added 14 rebounds, both game highs, in Guilford’s 71-58 Classic-opening victory over Huntingdon. He made 11-of-19 shots from the floor, collected five of his 14 boards off the offensive glass and blocked two shots. Less than 24 hours later, Sanborn made eight of his first 10 field goals and had 20 points by halftime of Guilford’s 96-72 win over Rust College. He finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs, and added two more blocks.

Sanborn’s three straight 20-point games moved him past teammate Clay Henson (Glen Alpine, N.C./Freedom) into first place among the Quakers’ scoring leaders with 18.1 points per game. Sanborn also leads the Quakers in rebounding (12.9 rpg.), field-goal percentage (.627) and blocks (2.11 bpg.). He led the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) in rebounds through games of Dec. 14, ranked second in blocks and fifth in field-goal percentage.

Coach Tom Palombo’s Quakers (8-1, 1-1 ODAC) start the week ranked sixth in the Top 25 Poll. Guilford has won four straight games and returns to action Dec. 29-30 in the Marietta Shrine Tournament in Ohio. The Quakers meet Ohio Wesleyan University in their opening game Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Guilford’s next home game is Jan. 9 against league-rival Randolph College at 3:00 p.m.

The Student-Athlete of the Week Award is presented by Guilford’s SAAC, which is comprised of representatives from each of the school’s 20 varsity teams. The group meets regularly to discuss the state of Guilford Athletics and seeks to build community among the school’s student-athletes and non-student-athletes. Recent Guilford SAAC activities include a canned-food drive and the promotion of Champs Life Skills, which promotes intercollegiate athletics as a key part of the campus educational program and the student-athlete as an integral part of the student body. Its aim is to increase student-athletes’ community involvement and to engage the greater Guilford community with the athletic department.

Dave Walters
Guilford College Athletics