Orlando Sanchez Unlikely to Ever Play for St. John's

By Jared Mintz
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After being declared academically ineligible by the NCAA a few months back, it’s beginning to appear more and more like St. John’s senior Orlando Sanchez will never be able to don a Red Storm uniform.

According to SNY’s Zagsblog, St. John’s applied for a waiver for Sanchez due to his age/years of competition – he played at JUCO Monroe College for two seasons – which was denied in November. And while St. John’s still has the option to try and formulate new information to turn in to the NCAA, the case is closed and the decision is considered final.

SNY spoke with St. John’s spokesman Mark Fratto, who didn’t seem overly optimistic that the 6-foot-9 native of the Dominican Republic would play this season. “The process is continuing, we’re continuing to gather and submit documents.”

As a freshman, Sanchez averaged 8.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and an incredible 4.3 blocks on his way to being a  2010-11 honorable mention JUCO All-American. Sanchez followed up with averages of 10.2 points, 8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game as a sophomore.

The 24-year old shot-blocking sensation was expected to be cleared for eligibility this season, which is reportedly why St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin had senior forward God’sgift Achiuwa redshirt this season.

“It’s very fluid right now because we’re waiting to get the word on Orlando,” said Lavin back in November. With all signs pointing towards Sanchez not suiting up this season, we may see Achiuwa join the Johnnies sooner than later.

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