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James Sandoval, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Bishop Manogue Catholic High School in Reno, Nev., has announced his intention to attend Linfield College and play basketball, Wildcats coach Shanan Rosenberg said.
Sandoval is the first member of the 2014-15 recruiting class to make a commitment. He solidified his intent to enroll at Linfield by submitting his matriculation fee through the Linfield admission office.
A three-year starter at both guard positions at Bishop Manogue, Sandovol is averaging 14 points, five assists and two steals per game. As a junior in 2012-13, he was an honorable mention all-conference selection. He also competed in AAU basketball with the Reno Wolverines.
"James is an intelligent, crafty and skilled combo guard who will bring a variety of talents to Linfield, on and off the floor,” said Rosenberg. “He will make a great Wildcat."
Rosenberg is in the midst of his first season as head coach at Linfield after 11 seasons at Foothill College in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"After seeing James play, I felt very confident he would be a great asset and fit for our program,” said Rosenberg. “As he physically matures, his talents will lend well to the college game. He is aggressive and savvy with the ball, passes very well and can really shoot.
“In getting to know James off the court, I feel he possesses a high level of character, intelligence and life habits that we are looking for at Linfield. I look forward to watching him and his team develop this season."
Sandoval is also a member of the Bishop Manogue varsity baseball team, a member of multiple school clubs, including the Future Business Leaders of America, and volunteers with St. Vincent's Dining Room and the Children's Cabinet.
James is the son of Brian and Kathleen Sandoval. Brian Sandoval is the current governor of the State of Nevada.
“We look forward to having James as new member of the Wildcat family,” said Rosenberg.