“Juan ‘Pepe’ Sanchez with a jump shot.” — Davidson coach Bob McKillop in 2008, describing new Temple recruit Juan Fernandez
Just because they were from the same country (Argentina), stood at the same height (6-foot-4), wore the same uniform number (4) and played the same position (point guard) at the same college (Temple) does not mean that it’s fair to compare Sanchez and Fernandez ... but we’ll do it anyway.
While Fernandez (right) — who played his last game in cherry and white last March 16 — generated more points himself and shot better from the field, the arc and the foul line, Sanchez had a much more rounded game. He had higher averages in rebounds, assists and steals. (And, by the way, both finished with exactly 11 blocked shots.)
Sanchez racked up two first team All-Atlantic 10 selections, as well as a third team and an all-rookie honor. Fernandez, who didn’t join the Owls until 11 games into his freshman season, was third team twice and was honorable mention once.
Although Fernandez’s Owls finished with better records and more conference titles (two to one), both players managed to go to four NCAA Tournaments, where Sanchez’s teams fared much better (five wins to one).
Here are how they career numbers compare:
|Pepe Sanchez||Juan Fernandez|
|Seasons||1996-97 to 99-00||2008-09 to 11-12|
|Temple's Overall W-L||92-37 (.713)||101-36 (.737)|
|Atlantic 10 RS||50-14||52-12|
|A10 Tournament||8-3 (1 title)||7-2 (2 titles)|
|Points (Avg.)||982 (8.47)||1247 (10.48)|
|Field Goals (Pct.)||337-989 (34.1%)||425-1083 (39.2%)|
|3-Pt. Field Goals (Pct.)||150-508 (29.5%)||207-515 (40.2%)|
|Free Throws (Pct.)||158-217 (72.8%)||190-239 (79.5%)|
|Rebounds (Avg.)||551 (4.75)||301 (2.53)|
|Assists (Avg.)||689 (5.94)||423 (3.56)|
|Steals (Avg.)||364 (3.15)||96 (0.81)|