Vanderbilt Rumors & News

  • Damian Jones to enter NBA draft; will sign with agent, sources say

    WKRN "Vanderbilt University’s junior center Damian Jones has opted to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft. The 2016 NBA Draft will take place June 23, 2016, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Jones earned All-SEC First-Team honors both his sophomore and junior years,..." April 15

  • Vanderbilt's Damian Jones says he's NBA-ready

    Tennessean "Damian Jones all but said he's heading to the NBA following a press conference introducing new Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew on Wednesday. “I haven’t decided yet, but I have a good feeling about (the prospect of entering the NBA Draft),” Jones said. “I just need to get my schoolwork..." April 07

  • Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech both targeting Valpo's Bryce Drew

    CBS Sports "Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech have both contacted Valparaiso's Bryce Drew about their coaching vacancies, a source told CBS Sports on Friday. Valparaiso's season ended Thursday night with a loss in the NIT title game. Drew, 41, has been Valpo's coach for each of the past five years. He's won..." April 01

  • Vanderbilt's Wade Baldwin to declare for NBA draft, hire agent

    The Score "Vanderbilt guard Wade Baldwin IV will declare for the NBA draft and sign with an agent, sources told Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. The decision to hire representation means Baldwin won't be able to withdraw his name from the draft, thereby ending his Vanderbilt career." March 28

  • Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings in mix for Pittsburgh job

    ESPN "Vanderbilt men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings is in the mix for the Pittsburgh job, multiple sources told ESPN. Former Vanderbilt athletic director Todd Turner, who hired Stallings, now runs a search firm called Collegiate Sports Associates that has been retained by Pittsburgh to help with..." March 27

  • Wichita State moves on with win over Vanderbilt

    The Sports Xchange "DAYTON -- If Wichita State is going to make another run to the Final Four, it needs production from players other than steady seniors Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker. On Tuesday night, the Shockers got just that. Baker and VanVleet each scored 14 points helping Wichita State defeat..." March 16

  • Tennessee 67, Vanderbilt 65

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If Vanderbilt's postseason bubble bursts, it couldn't get more heartbreaking than how it happened in a 67-65 loss to Tennessee at the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena. With Vanderbilt trailing nearly the entire way, guard Wade..." March 10

  • No. 20 Texas A&M earns title share

    The Sports Xchange "Freshman center Tyler Davis had 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and played a key role in getting Vanderbilt's entire starting front-court in foul trouble as Texas A&M scored a 76-67 victory over the Commodores at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas, on Saturday. Texas A&M broke the game open..." March 05

  • Vanderbilt 86, Tennessee 69

    The Sports Xchange "Playing against hated rival Tennessee on Senior Night, it was a super Tuesday for Vanderbilt as the Commodores coasted to an 86-69 win at Memorial Gymnasium. Guard Wade Baldwin IV had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and was joined by forward Jeff Roberson (14), center Damian Jones..." March 01

  • Vanderbilt outplays No. 16 Kentucky

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray scored 21 of his 33 points in the first half, but a disastrous second half by the Wildcats led to Vanderbilt posting a 74-62 upset victory on Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium. "Proud of my team, proud of how hard we played," Vanderbilt coach..." February 27

  • Vanderbilt 87, Florida 74

    The Sports Xchange "Vanderbilt center Damian Jones exploded for 27 points and seven rebounds, leading the Commodores past Florida 87-74 Tuesday at Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. Jones hit 12 of 13 field-goal attempts, including multiple powerful dunks, and forward Jeff Roberson finished with..." February 23

  • Vanderbilt 80, Georgia 67

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Another in a string of impressive performances by Vanderbilt center Damian Jones gave the Commodores a much-needed, 80-67 victory over Georgia at Memorial Gym on Saturday. Jones collected 15 points, 15 rebounds, two blocked shot and two assists as the Commodores (16-11,..." February 20

  • Mississippi State 75, Vanderbilt 74

    The Sports Xchange "Freshman guard Quinndary Weatherspoon drained a 3-pointer as time expired and scored 24 points to lead Mississippi State to a stunning 75-74 victory over Vanderbilt on Tuesday in SEC play at Starkville, Miss. The Bulldogs recovered from a 17-point second-half deficit and their only lead had..." February 17

  • Vanderbilt looks poised to make an NCAA Tournament run

    CBS Sports "Vanderbilt had been one of college basketball's biggest disappointments, but on Thursday against Texas A&M, they finally played like the team that many people believed we'd see in the preseason. Vanderbilt dominated Texas A&M in Nashville and crushed the Aggies -- the consensus top team in the..." February 05

  • Why Vanderbilt has been one of this year's biggest disappointments

    Yahoo! Sports "When Vanderbilt won eight of its final 10 league games last season to reach the NIT, the Commodores appeared to be trending upward. They returned nearly every key player from that team this season including 7-foot NBA prospect Damian Jones, rapidly improving point guard Wade Baldwin IV and an..." January 11

  • Vandy's Luke Kornet out 4-6 weeks with knee injury

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt basketball player Luke Kornet will be out 4-6 weeks with an MCL tear suffered in Monday’s practice. Kornet was in street clothes for No. 21 Vanderbilt’s game against Dayton on Wednesday night at Memorial Gym. Sophomore Jeff Roberson started in Kornet’s place. Kornet, a junior..." December 10

  • Vanderbilt's Damian Jones to enter NBA Draft in 2016

    Tennessean "Damian Jones’ days are numbered with Vanderbilt basketball, but that’s a good thing. Jones, the Commodores’ 7-foot junior center, plans to enter the NBA Draft after this season. He told coach Kevin Stallings his plans in a private meeting in February, and he recently reiterated those..." October 21

  • Vanderbilt gets commitment from Texas power forward

    Tennessean "Clevon Brown, a 6-foot-8 power forward from San Antonio, committed to Vanderbilt basketball Tuesday. Brown, from Churchill High, is rated a four-star prospect by and three-star recruit by, and he drew interest from around the country before choosing the Commodores. Brown..." September 30

  • 2016 SG Payton Willis commits to Vanderbilt

    Scout "Vanderbilt picked up their first commitment of the 2016 recruiting class. 2016 guard Payton Willis verbally committed to Vanderbilt, he tells Scout. "I came on an unofficial visit and fell in love with the campus, Coach [Kevin] Stallings and his staff, and the academic prestige of the school..." August 05

  • Former Vandy guard Dai-Jon Parker dies at age 22

    CBS Sports "Former Vanderbilt standout Dai-Jon Parker died Thursday night in a drowning accident in Indiana, multiple sources told late Thursday. He was 22 years old. Vandy coach Kevin Stallings confirmed Parker's death Friday morning. "We are extremely saddened with the news of..." May 30

  • Former 4-star guard Shelton Mitchell commits to Tigers

    Independent Mail "Vanderbilt transfer Shelton Mitchell pledged to the Tigers after a visit over the weekend. The former four-star guard will be eligible to play starting in 2016-17 after sitting out the upcoming season. Mitchell (6-3 186) is no stranger to the ACC, the Waxhaw N.C. product originally signing with..." April 19

  • Vanderbilt Point Guard Shelton Mitchell to Transfer

    Anchor of Gold "Shelton Mitchell will not return to Vanderbilt basketball for his sophomore season. The point guard has decided to transfer from the university due to "personal reasons." Both the player and head coach Kevin Stallings made the split seem to be an amicable one in Thursday's press release. I..." April 10

  • Apologetic Kevin Stallings happy to move on

    Tennessean "For part of Saturday afternoon, you couldn't help but wonder who the guy was in the Kevin Stallings mask standing in front of the Vanderbilt bench. He looked like a man who hadn't had any sleep in the past 48 hours, which, come to think of it, might very well have been the case. He seemed..." March 01

  • No suspension for Kevin Stallings

    ESPN "Vanderbilt will handle the matter concerning coach Kevin Stallings berating Commodores player Wade Baldwin IV profanely after Thursday's game internally, the school announced Friday. Stallings will not be suspended, a source told ESPN's Jeff Goodman. "I met with Coach Stallings earlier today..." February 28

  • Vandy coach berates player, then apologizes

    ESPN "Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings has apologized for a postgame incident Thursday night in which he was caught on camera berating Commodores player Wade Baldwin IV profanely, at one point saying, "I'm going to f---ing kill you." Stallings told ESPN "he did not mean his words literally" when..." February 27

  • Vandy PG has strong words for rival Tennessee

    College Spun "Thursday evening, the Vanderbilt men’s basketball team will face Tennessee in Knoxville. Commodores’ freshman guard Wade Baldwin appears to be quite pumped up for the game. This afternoon, in a session with the media, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound guard had some strong words for the Volunteers and,..." February 26

  • Gonzaga adding Vanderbilt transfer Eric McClellan to roster on Thursday

    CBS Sports "Gonzaga's already deep perimeter is getting another quality addition. Vanderbilt transfer Eric McClellan, who led the Commodores in scoring last year through 12 games (14.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists in 2013-14) will become eligible for the Bulldogs' (14-1) WCC home opener on Thursday..." January 05

  • Did Vanderbilt Try To Kill An Ex-Hoops Player's Tell-All Book?

    Deadspin "They were supposed to celebrate that night. It was mid-August, and Kyle Fuller, Eric Schulman, and Jerry Castro were all together in Nashville. The Tennessean had posted an article about their book project, a Kickstarter-funded look at Fuller's life as a Vanderbilt basketball player and student..." December 16

  • Ref OK after strike to face in Vandy-La Salle

    Daily Mail "This is the moment a referee was stretched off the court shortly after being knocked out when he was struck in the face. Referee Rick Crawford was officiating the consolation game between LaSalle and Vanderbilt at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday. Shortly after the..." November 30

  • Vanderbilt’s rebuilding process to rely heavily on five freshman

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stallings vows not to make the same mistake twice, so he's pinning his program's hopes to five freshmen. The Commodores opened preseason practice this week with five true freshmen in the backcourt, including three likely starters. The Vanderbilt roster has been..." October 09

  • Report: Prestonwood 7-0 center Djery Baptiste pledges to Vanderbilt

    Dallas Morning News "Another one of the area’s best basketball players is off the market, according to a report by 247Sports basketball expert Jerry Meyer: Plano Prestonwood senior center Djery Baptiste has pledged to Vanderbilt not long after an official visit to Nashville. Since coming to the Dallas/Fort Worth..." September 11

  • Former Vanderbilt point guard Kedren Johnson says he's transferring to Memphis

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Former Vanderbilt point guard Kedren Johnson announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he’s transferring to the University of Memphis. “This isn’t a throwback picture to my Marshall County High School days. This is my future. I’m going to ...,” Johnson tweeted with an Instagram picture of a..." August 20

  • Ex-Vandy player Kyle Fuller's book: Sex, drugs, parties

    Tennessean "Kyle Fuller's video promises his book, "Below the Rim," will deliver information on the "dirty side of college basketball." But don't expect the former Vanderbilt basketball player to name names. "I'm not going to put any of my teammates out there like that," Fuller said. "... I'm not..." August 19

  • Vanderbilt announces that two guards won’t return to the program

    Vanderbilt Commodore "To My Vanderbilt Family, As we get closer to starting the new school year, I feel it is my responsibility to inform everyone of some disappointing news. I have been suspended as a student from Vanderbilt University for one year for a mistake I made, the result of using some very poor judgement...." August 16

  • Kedren Johnson not returning to Vanderbilt after suspension

    CBS Sports "Former Vanderbilt standout Kedren Johnson is not returning to the SEC school after being suspended all of last season, multiple sources told on Friday. The sources added that Memphis is a possible, if not the probable, destination for Johnson -- a 6-foot-4 guard who led Vandy in..." August 15

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Gonzaga lands Vanderbilt transfer Eric McClellan

    The Slipper Still Fits "It would appear that the Bulldogs roster is finally complete for the upcoming season. Ex-Vanderbilt guard Eric McClellan announced his intention to join the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Sunday, Jon Rothstein with CBS Sports reported. The news trickled in over the weekend, because McClellan must be..." June 30

  • Vanderbilt assistant joins Cuonzo Martin at Cal

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings switched from the driver's seat to the passenger side of his car on Sunday night so he could return calls on the trip home from his daughter's dance competition in Atlanta. The good news is his phone is ringing with people wanting to join his..." May 05

  • Indiana forward Joseph Toye commits to Vanderbilt

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt received its second men’s basketball commitment in the class of 2015 on Tuesday morning from small forward Joseph Toye. Toye, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound rising senior at La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.), announced his pledge on Twitter. “Just committed to Vanderbilt University..." April 29

  • Cornell transfer Nolan Cressler commits to Vanderbilt

    College Basketball Talk "Vanderbilt picked up a transfer commitment on Monday night as Cornell sophomore guard Nolan Cressler opted to make the move to the SEC, he announced on Twitter. The 6-foot-4 Cressler was an honorable mention All-Ivy League performer during the 2013-14 season and averaged 16.8 points, 4.2..." April 14

  • Mississippi St. 82, Vanderbilt 68

    ProSportsDaily "Craig Sword recorded 20 points, six assists and four rebounds as the Bulldogs surprised the Commodores in the first round of the SEC tournament in Atlanta. Roquez Johnson added 18 points and five rebounds for Mississippi State (14-18), which will meet No. 6 seed Mississippi in Thursday's second..." March 13

  • Mississippi 65, Vanderbilt 62

    ProSportsDaily "Marshall Henderson scored 18 points in his final home game to propel the Rebels to an SEC win over the visiting Commodores. Henderson, the lone senior for the Rebels (18-13, 9-9), made just 5-of-19 shots, including 2-of-13 from beyond the arc, but buried 6-of-7 from the line. Jarvis Summers..." March 09

  • Louisiana State 57, Vanderbilt 51

    ProSportsDaily "Johnny O'Bryant III tallied 25 points and 10 rebounds as the visiting Tigers were able to shake off an ugly first half and snap their seven-game road losing streak. Andre Stringer scored 11 points off the bench, going 8-of-8 at the foul line, as LSU (18-11, 9-8 SEC) survived despite shooting..." March 07

  • Vanderbilt seniors Rod Odom, Kyle Fuller blossomed both as players, leaders

    Tennessean "They have different personalities. Rod Odom is a fairly subdued guy. Kyle Fuller is outgoing. They come from different backgrounds. Odom hails from New York. Fuller is from California. For three years, their Vanderbilt basketball careers were very much a work in progress. Both struggled to..." March 06

  • Tennessee 76, Vanderbilt 38

    ProSportsDaily "Antonio Barton had a season-high 21 points and a career-best six assists as the Volunteers recorded the largest margin of victory in the Southeastern Conference this season in routing the visiting Commodores. Jarnell Stokes added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee (18-11, 9-7 SEC), which..." March 02

  • Vandy coach supports Cuonzo Martin

    ESPN "Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings spoke up in support of an in-state rival on Thursday, saying Tennessee fans who want the university to fire coach Cuonzo Martin are "idiots." Tennessee (17-11, 8-7 SEC) is at risk of missing the NCAA tournament for the third straight year since Martin started as..." March 01

  • Florida 57, Vanderbilt 54

    ProSportsDaily "Dorian Finney-Smith had 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench and the visiting Gators survived an upset bid to run their winning streak to 20 games. Patric Young added 12 points and seven boards for Florida (26-2, 15-0 SEC), which clinched a share of the conference regular-season title...." February 26

  • Vanderbilt 67, Auburn 59

    ProSportsDaily "Dai-Jon Parker hit five 3-pointers en route to a career-high 21 points as the visiting Commodores rallied to knock off the Tigers. Damian Jones scored 14 points and Luke Kornet added 10 points off the bench for Vanderbilt (15-11, 7-7 SEC), which has won 10 straight in the series dating to the..." February 23

  • Ex-student manager Cross living the dream as Vandy hoops player

    Fox Sports Tennessee "When Vanderbilt basketball calls timeout during a game, Rob Cross instinctively still has a "Pavlov's dog" reaction every now and then. For nearly four full seasons, Cross had been a team manager, including the last two as senior manager. But in January, when the roster was whittled to only..." February 19

  • Report: Texas A&M’s Billy Kennedy talks to SEC about controversial call

    Dallas Morning News "The Texas A&M basketball team has struggled to string together consecutive wins in conference play this season and haven’t done so since the its three-game win streak to begin SEC play in January. The Aggies looked primed for two-straight this weekend on the road against Vanderbilt. With a..." February 18