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Georgetown's Sanford narrows transfer options

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Georgetown basktball transfer Vee Sanford will visit Dayton, Loyola-Chicago, USC and Xavier, according to his father. Sam Houston St. is also an option.

Sanford will take five visits before making a decision.

“He learned a great deal from this experience,” Vincent Sanford Sr. said Wednesday. “This may be a blessing in disguise. He’s really matured and changed a lot. At first he thought they when they recruited you they just automatically play you.”

Over 27 games last season, Vee Sanford averaged 2.4 points. Playing time was an issue for the sophomore guard, who didn’t see increased minutes after starting point guard Chris Wright went down with an injured hand in February.

“They told me he was doing everything he was supposed to,” Vincent Sanford Sr. said. “It was not because of the way he practiced or because of grades. There were no off-court issues. … But we’re always going to be Georgetown fans. We’re just sorry it didn’t work out.”

The only thing that bothered Vincent Sanford Sr. was a perception among fans, he felt, that his son was an afterthought when he signed with Georgetown during the late period in the spring of 2009.

Vee Sanford picked Georgetown over Baylor and Alabama. His father said scholarship offers came from several schools, including Marquette, Notre Dame and West Virginia, but not playing AAU basketball hurt his son’s recruiting rankings.

Regardless, there aren’t hard feelings about Vee Sanford’s Georgetown experience.

“We’re still proud to wear Hoyas stuff in Kentucky,” said Vincent Sanford Sr., who coaches high school basketball three miles from the University of Kentucky.

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