THIS YEAR: Junior point guard Robert Sandoval returns from a redshirt season with two full seasons of eligibility remaining ... Intends to use the extra year in school to pursue a master's degree after he completes his undergraduate business program ... Leads the team on the floor by directing traffic both offensively, defensively, and in dead ball situations ... Sets the tone for the team with his toughness and tenacity ... Returns to action after continued improvement with his strength, speed, and mental toughness ... Understands what it takes to make the game easy for those around him ... Displays a willingness to attack the basket but can also hurt a defense with reliable perimeter shooting.
2012-13 (redshirt): Practiced with the team and attended classes while redshirting the season.
2011-12 (sophomore): Was one of three players who started all 32 games of a 24-8 campaign for the Cougars ... Named to the All-GSAC team, one of just two underclassmen to receive the honor, after leading the conference in assists during conference play (4.7 per game) ... Ranked fifth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio over the course of the 18-game conference schedule ... Was one of seven players on a balanced scoring team who averaged at least eight points per game (8.4) ... Had a season total of 131 assists (4.1 average), which ranked 34th nationally in the NAIA ... Was third on the team with 34 steals ... Scored a season-high 21 points in the third game of the season, making five-of-six three-pointers against St. Thomas (Fla.) ... Notched his first career double-double with 16 points and 10 assists to lead Azusa Pacific to a conference win over The Master's ... Made eight-of-13 from the field to score a team-high 17 points in a season-ending loss in the conference tournament semifinals against Concordia, which went on to win the NAIA national championship.
2010-11 (freshman): Was one of four players who played in all 35 games, starting 11 times as a true freshman ... Ranked fifth on the team in scoring average (8.7) and was second in assists (118) and steals (57) ... Posted the team's second-best three-point shooting percentage (.386) and fourth-highest field goal percentage (.491) ... Was even better in conference play, averaging 10.4 points while shooting 55 percent (76-for-138) from the field and 47 percent (23-for-49) from three-point range to a second-place GSAC finish ... Had four 20-point games, including a career-high 24 points against Concordia, which came just three days after he had dished out a career-high 12 assists in a road win over Fresno Pacific ... Scored 21 points off the bench against Hope International and scored 20 more in his first career starting assignment the very next game, hitting seven-of-eight from the field including three-of-four three-pointers in a win over The Master's ... Turned in another 20-point effort against Concordia in the championship game of the conference tournament.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played two seasons of varsity basketball for head coach Tim Amundsen at state power Clovis (Calif.) East High ... As a 2010 senior led the Timberwolves to a 25-8 record and the CIF Central Section Division I championship ... Was named the Fresno Bee Player of the Year after averaging 17 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 3.8 steals ... As a 2009 junior was named All-Fresno Bee after averaging 14 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists ... Tallied 31 points, 10 assists and eight steals in a victory over Cleveland High ... Was a two-time All-Tri-Rivers Athletic Conference honoree, earning conference MVP honors as a senior and sharing it as a junior.
PERSONAL: Born July 29, 1991, in Fresno, Calif. ... Parents are Roberto (teacher) and Julie Sandoval ... Has three younger sisters (Fhelis, Tatiana, Selah) ... His father played soccer at Fresno Pacific University, and his grandfather played basketball, also at Fresno Pacific ... Majoring in business.