Spring and summer basketball with club teams often brings out the best of the best and so far Sanjay Lumpkin of Benilde-St. Margaret's/Minnesota Pump N Run 16s has shown the potential to be a top ten recruit in 2012. At 6-foot-5, Lumpkin is an athletic wing with quality length and a passion for the game. He's been amongst the top performers for the Pump N Run and colleges have started to take notice.
"My year with Pump is going great!," Lumpkin stated. "We are really playing well together and I think the new group, for the most part, is really meshing well together. We have competed very well this season though, especially when we were in Denver, Colorado.
"We beat California Pump N Run in the Elite Eight who was projected to blow us out, but we played our game and played smart team basketball and came out on top. We gave them their only loss of the season so far."
Division one schools have not been permitted to get out and see Lumpkin or any others on the AAU circuit as of yet but the schools are fully aware of Sanjay's growth and performances. Mail has been coming to Lumpkin on a regular basis and he'll get a chance to play in front of some D1 coaches in the very near future.
"Some colleges that have sent me mail are the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Pittsburgh, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, Colorado State University, and University of Pennsylvania," said Lumpkin.
"Some camps I am planning on attending are the University of Wisconsin team camp and possibly the University of Minnesota team camp. Also, I think I am going to be going to a couple of camps with some of the players on the 17's team, I'm not sure what they are though. Also, I attended Point Guard College last year and it really raised my IQ, I am interested in going back."
This year Lumpkin was more of a role player on a talented Benilde-St. Margaret's team that finished 24-6 falling in the first round of the state tournament. The Red Knights were jammed at the wing position with UMD signed Peter Crawford scoring 18.8 points a game and St. John's bound Seth Marx scoring 12.7 a contest plus combo guard Isaiah Zierden (16.1 points a game) and senior defensive stopper Darren Glover also earned their time.
Lumpkin was the most athletic of all so he was Red Knight constant averaging 5.8 points a contest. Glover, Crawford, and Marx all graduated so Lumpkin, Zierden, and Will Dunn must fill their numbers and all three have the potential to do so. Junior point guard Danon Briggs also returns and then the senior big men will be Myles Brand and Evan Battle. In preparation for an important junior season Lumpkin has big plans for his summer.
"This off-season I have many things to focus on," Sonjay stated. "Ever since basketball ended with Benilde-St. Margaret's, I have done a dribbling routine everyday. I have really improved my dribbling skills and have been playing a lot of point guard for Pump N Run. I also am constantly working on shooting and another main focus is working on running the floor. Running as hard as I can and as fast as I can at all times, trying to raise my stamina and athleticism to the next level.
"So for next year my hope is to be a much more athletic shooting guard with the ability to play point guard and put the ball on the floor and have multiple speeds when running the floor. My plan for this summer is too drastically improve my game so that I can it to the next level."
Lumpkin's father is none other than former Minnesota Gopher Sean Lumpkin who was an all-Big Ten performer and a six year veteran of the New Orleans Saints (1992-97).