Sands Elected 2010-11 Captain

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Michael Sands. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy Recognition As A Junior

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Michael Sands was one of the most improved players in the Ivy League this season. After appearing in 24 games off the bench as a sophomore, Sands was the only player to start all 31 games. He credits his success, at least in part, to what he learned from the captains during his tenure at Yale – Eric Flato in his freshman year, Ross Morin in 2008-09 and Alex Zampier this year.

“In my time here, they helped me mature and taught me a lot,” Sands says. “I think most importantly, they showed me the importance of hard work.”

Sands, a Franklin Square, N.Y., native, will get a chance to put those lessons to good use as the captain of the 2010-11 Yale men's basketball team. He was elected following a team vote.

“To be elected captain is a tremendous honor,” Sands said. “I am very thankful to my teammates. I hope to bring energy and enthusiasm. It's something I have tried to do in my three years here, and I don't want to lose that in my new role.”

Sands earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition this year after finishing fourth in the Ivy League in rebounding (6.1 rpg.) and sixth in field goal percentage (.498). In addition, his 10.8 points per game average was second on the team and more than seven points better than his sophomore year. His top performance came against Dartmouth when he scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 69-56 victory. He reached double figures in 21 games and led the team in scoring eight times.

“Mike had a very good year for us,” said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. “We look for his leadership to grow, and I am confident he will be the vocal and aggressive leader we need.”

Sands will be one of three seniors on next year's team, joining Porter Braswell and Raffi Mantilla.

“It's very important to have Porter and Raffi help with the leadership role,” Sands said. “The three of us will be the leaders of this team, not just me.”

The Bulldogs are scheduled to open the 2010-11 season on Nov. 14 against Quinnipiac in the Connecticut 6 Classic.

“There is still a lot that I need to learn,” Sands said. “I hope that in this off-season, I will grow to be the leader that my teammates need me to be.”

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity