Carson-Newman men’s basketball recent graduate, Ish Sanders, has signed a pro basketball contract with Vellaznimi Gjakove of Kosovo’s Liga e Pare.
Sanders becomes the fifth Carson-Newman men’s basketball player to move into a basketball career post-graduation in the last two years.
“It’s a relief, it’s been a long summer waiting,” Sanders said. “That’s where the trust between me and Coach Benson and me and my agent has come into play. It’s been a blessing to be able to stay healthy this long to be able to continue my career.”
“There were times I kept thinking, ‘when am I going to be able to get something.'” Sanders said. “But Coach Benson always kept supporting and pushing me in my times of frustration and need. The same goes for all the players who were here working out over the summer.”
Sanders ends his career with 1,922 points – fifth on C-N’s all-time scoring list and fourth on the South Atlantic Conference’s. He winds up as the all-time leader in made threes for both the conference and Carson-Newman with 343. In his senior campaign, he led the league with 2.0 steals per game. Sanders scored plus 30 points on three occasions and was selected a SAC Player of the Week.
Sanders joins teammate Antoine Davis as Eagles from the 2014 class to continue their playing careers professionally. His new team went undefeated last season and brought home a Liga e Pare championship.