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Vandy rallies to beat Bama 73-66

Vandy rallies to beat Bama 73-66

Posted on 01 March 2015 by Allen

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Vanderbilt put a crazy sequence of events behind them from their win over UT on Wednesdat Saturday when they came from behind to beat the Crimson Tide at home. The Alabama men’s basketball team saw an 11-point halftime lead slip away as the Vanderbilt Commodores captured a 73-66 come-from-behind victoryon Saturday evening at Memorial Gym. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 17-12 and 7-9 in SEC play.

“It was a tale of two halves,” Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. “Vanderbilt in the second half was outstanding. From an offensive stand point we had a tough time getting stops and matching up. They did a great job with the ball movement and being able to get threes. The run they went on in the second half, obviously you look at it and we weren’t able to handle that. I thought earlier in the half we got some good looks that we couldn’t get to fall to answer their run. Give them credit, I thought their defensive intensity picked up and forced us into some turnovers that we didn’t commit in the first half, which led to opportunities for them.”

Alabama played a near flawless first half to build an impressive 38-27 halftime lead. However, Vanderbilt began the second half on a 20-3 run over the first 9:13 to seize a 47-41 lead with 10:47 remaining in the contest. The Commodores (17-9, 7-9) were red-hot to start the half, hitting six of their first seven three-point attempts.

Alabama stayed within striking distance, cutting the Vanderbilt lead to three points on a couple of occasions. However, the Commodores knocked down 18-of-21 free throws in the second half, including 12 consecutive down over the final 6:48 to seal the victory.

“We weren’t in a fouling situation so they got 25 free throws (for the game) to our 10,” Grant said. “There’s a big difference there. Down the stretch it was a two possession game with a couple of minutes to play and we needed to put up some stops and get some rebounds, but we weren’t able to do that. You have to give Vanderbilt some credit.”

Alabama started the game out strong on the back of its defense, holding Vanderbilt scoreless until its seventh possession of the contest. The Tide forced six turnovers, recording five steals, and scored 10 points off turnovers in the first half to the Commodores one.

With the Tide leading 16-13 with 8:36 left in the opening stanza, Alabama went on a 13-3 run over the next 3:51 to take a 29-16 lead. As a result, Alabama held a 38-27 at halftime. It was the Tide’s highest scoring first half in conference play this year.

Junior guard Retin Obasohan led Alabama with 16 points, 13 of which came in the opening 20 minutes. Senior guard Levi Randolph finished with 13 points, Rodney Cooper scored 12 and Michael Kessens added 10 points off the bench to give the Tide four players in double-digits. Riley Norris secured a team-leading 10 rebounds.

Wade Baldwin IV led the Commodores with 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting from behind the arc. Vanderbilt also finished with four players in double-digits and made 11 three-pointers.

The Crimson Tide returns home for the final time this season on Tuesday, March 3. Alabama will face the Ole Miss Rebels on Senior Day at 6 p.m. CTin Coleman Coliseum. Vandy will host Mississippi State Wednesday at Memorial Gym in Nashville.

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Dores beat Norfolk State 63-53

Dores beat Norfolk State 63-53

Posted on 26 November 2014 by Allen

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Norfolk State junior D’Shon Taylor had game and career highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds, but the Norfolk State men’s basketball team shot just 32 percent from the floor in a 63-53 loss to Vanderbilt on Tuesday evening at Memorial Gym.

The Commodores hit 9-of-22 from the 3-point line and got balanced scoring, including three players off the bench scoring in double figures. Vanderbilt had 19 assists on its 22 baskets with just nine turnovers to improve to 4-0 overall.

Senior Malik Thomas was the only other Spartan player in double figures with 13. NSU hit just 18-of-56 (32.1 percent) overall, including 3-of-19 from 3-point range, to fall to 2-3.

The contest was played as part of the Barclays Center Classic, which will conclude this weekend.

NSU was hurt in the first half by foul trouble, allowing Vanderbilt to build a 15-point edge at the break.

There was not much rhythm to the start of the second half thanks to several foul calls early on. The teams essentially traded scores, with VU going up by as much as 18. NSU, though, was able to get to within 12 at 51-39 when Taylor sank a trio of free throws at the 8:54 mark.

Thomas and junior RaShid Gaston each hit 1-of-2 from the foul line to make it 54-43 with less than five and a half minutes to go in the contest. A little later, Thomas went right down the middle of the lane for an easy dunk with four minutes left. Unfortunately for the Spartans, it marked their only bucket in a nearly nine-minute span.

Gaston had a putback bucket with less than two minutes left, and Thomas drained a 3-pointer from the left wing to make it 61-51 with just 54.8 seconds left. But a 10-point margin, though, was as close as the Spartans could get.

NSU held the Commodores to just 10-of-31 shooting in the second half after they connected on 12-of-19 in the first stanza. The Spartans outscored them by five in the second half.

Norfolk State had the early lead to start the game, 7-3, after junior Jeff Short got free down low on a backdoor cut. Senior Jamel Fuentes hit a pair of free throws and then a tough shot over a defender down low, but the Commodores then scored 12 straight points to go up by nine, 20-11, with 10:05 on the clock. Short ended that VU spurt with a trey from the left corner to begin a 9-3 run for the Spartans that lasted two and a half minutes.

The Commodores responded again, this time with eight unanswered points, as they outscored the Spartans 15-3 to end the first half. Vanderbilt held a 38-23 lead at the break.

The Spartans outrebounded the Commodores 42-34 in the game and had just 11 turnovers.

Vanderbilt hit 22-of-50 (44.0 percent) for the game. Wade Baldwin IV totaled 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. Riley LaChance added 12 points, and Matthew Fisher-Davis and James Siakam each tallied 11 points on the night. Of the four players in double figures, only LaChance got a starting nod. Vanderbilt outscored NSU 37-12 in bench points.

Damian Jones and Luke Kornet came into the game averaging a combined 34 points per game for Vanderbilt. NSU held the duo to a combined 11 points on the night.

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Baldwin named SEC Freshman of the Week

Baldwin named SEC Freshman of the Week

Posted on 24 November 2014 by Allen

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Vanderbilt’s Wade Baldwin IV, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound guard from Belle Mead, N.J., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 9.5 points, 7.5 assists, six rebounds and 1.5 steals in wins over Lipscomb and Tennessee State. Baldwin had 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in leading the Commodores over Lipscomb. He followed that up with a 10-assist performance against Tennessee State.

Baldwin was a four star recruit coming out of high school. The guard from St. Joseph’s in New Jersey was ranked as the 100th best prospect in the country according to Rivals. Baldwin picked Vandy over Pitt, Auburn, Virginia Tech, and several other schools.

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Vandy tops TSU 78-46

Vandy tops TSU 78-46

Posted on 24 November 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to Vanderbilt University on Sunday night 78-46 at Memorial Gymnasium.

The Tigers (2-2) dropped a tough game to the Commodores (3-0). TSU did a good job, early, of denying the two Vandy big men the ball, but ultimately fell into foul trouble.

Charles Tucker led the team with nine points and put in four assists as the Commodores held TSU without a double-digit scorer. Xavier Richards added seven points and led the team with six boards.

Vanderbilt was led by Luke Kornet who scored 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting (3-for-4 from behind the arc). His play was what gained the Commodores early separation from which they never looked back.

TSU headed into the locker room with an 18-point deficit despite cutting the Commodore lead to four with 4:32 left in the half. The Tiger defense did a good job of holding Vanderbilt star Damian Jones to four points in the opening 20 minutes.

The Tigers had four players with four points, apiece. Richards, Tucker, Demontez Loman, and Darreon Reddick all made a pair of buckets for TSU.

Foul trouble cost the Tigers the ability to deny the Vanderbilt post the ball and opened up scoring opportunities for Damian Jones (13 points). TSU had held the Vanderbilt leading scorer without a point for the first 16 minutes of the game.

The Tigers were held to just 30 percent shooting in the second frame (32 percent, overall) while the Commodores shot 66 percent.

Christian Crockett made his TSU debut tonight after missing the first three games with an injury. His return will add much needed depth as he scored five and grabbed four rebounds.

The Commodores will next take on Virginia on Tuesday. TSU travels to Charlottesville at 7:00 p.m. for the second part of the Barclay’s Tournament.

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Vandy holds on to beat Lipscomb, 72-62

Vandy holds on to beat Lipscomb, 72-62

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Allen

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After falling behind early, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team fought its way to a one-possession game with 10 minutes to play but couldn’t keep pace with the hot-shooting Commodores of Vanderbilt down the stretch in a 72-62 loss inside Memorial Gymnasium Thursday night.

“I told our guys after the game that losing is never okay but we encountered a big deficit on the road in the SEC and we fought back more than once to give ourselves a chance,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “You don’t want to build confidence after a loss, but I told our guys we were a significantly better team despite the loss than the one that started the game.

“We grew up a lot and we came together a little bit. We fought back and closed the margin significantly two different times so we do need to carry that over to next game. It counts for nothing walking down tomorrow if we don’t come with the same mentality. We can use it to make us better.”

The Bisons (1-2) struggled from the floor out of the gate and trailed 40-25 at the break before finding their stroke early in the second half.

Martin Smith drained a 3-pointer at the 16-minute mark to pull Lipscomb to within six, 44-38, after starting the half on a 13-4 run.

After getting to within three at 52-49 with 10 minutes to play, the Bisons went cold from the floor, missing on their next eight field goals attempts as Vanderbilt pushed its lead back to double digits.

“I thought our efforts were good on both halves,” said Alexander. “In the first half we couldn’t get baskets to fall. The deficits were tough on our guys after such a poor performance against Belmont on Monday. To get down so much in a hurry, for our guys to battle back through that I was really impressed.”

J.C. Hampton led the Bisons with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting. After sitting the first two games, Malcolm Smith saw his first action of the year after checking in five minutes into the game. He quickly got a steal and made a free throw. Malcolm Smith finished the night with seven points and six rebounds.

Vanderbilt center Damian Jones led all scorers with 21 points leading the Commodores to a 30-18 advantage in points in the paint.

The Commodores return to Memorial Gym Sunday to play TSU.

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Vandy’s Damian Jones names Preseason All-SEC First Team

Vandy’s Damian Jones names Preseason All-SEC First Team

Posted on 15 November 2014 by Allen

The Southeastern Conference unveiled its 11th annual men’s basketball coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams Thursday, tipping off another great season of SEC men’s basketball.

Eleven different schools are represented on the two teams with Kentucky having five selections while Florida and LSU each had two selections. In all, 29 different players received votes for the coaches’ teams.

The coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC Head Men’s Basketball Coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.

Damian Jones from Vandy was selected to the First Team after a successful first year in Nashville. The Sophomore from Baton Rouge started 11 games last season and averaged over 11 points per game. Jones was featured on Sportscenter after having a monster dunk against Tennessee in February. With a young team around him this year he will be counted on to be the leader of the team.

A list of the 2015 SEC Men’s Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team follows:

First Team All-SEC
Dorian Finney-Smith – Florida, F, 6-8, 218, Jr., Portsmouth, Va.
Damian Jones

Michael Frazier II – Florida, G, 6-4, 194, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
Aaron Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas
Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 210, So., Richmond, Texas
Damian Jones – Vanderbilt, C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.
Charles Mann – Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.
Jordan Mickey – LSU, F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Bobby Portis – Arkansas, F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.
Jarvis Summers – Ole Miss, G, 6-3, 186, Sr., Jackson, Miss.

Second Team All-SEC
Alex Caruso – A&M, G, 6-5, 184, Jr., College Station, Texas
Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
KT Harrell – Auburn, G, 6-4, 212, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.
Jarell Martin – LSU, F, 6-10, 236, So., Baton Rouge, La.
Alex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-8, 238, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Josh Richardson – Tennessee, G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.
Sindarius Thornwell – South Carolina, G, 6-5, 215, So., Lancaster, S.C.
Karl-Anthony Towns – Kentucky, F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.

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Stallings gives scholarship to walk-on Carter Joseph

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Stallings gives scholarship to walk-on Carter Joseph

Posted on 25 August 2014 by Allen

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Vanderbilt head basketball coach Kevin Stallings awarded a scholarship to walk-on Carter Joseph. Joseph may not have the best stats of anyone on the team but he is a great teammate and has the respect of everyone in the locker room. He is best known for his nine assists in a win over Auburn last year on the road.

Without Dai-Jon Parker and Kedren Johnson this season Stallings had a scholarship to give and Joseph was the beneficiary. The junior was surprised by the coaching staff earlier this week in the team’s first meeting.

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James Franklin wishes Vanderbilt well on Twitter

James Franklin wishes Vanderbilt well on Twitter

Posted on 25 August 2014 by Allen

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Former Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin took to Twitter today to wish his former team good luck on Thursday when they kick off the season against Temple.

A lot of people around town have been talking about this but it’s really much adieu about nothing. Franklin recruited most of the kids on Vanderbilt’s roster and even though he doesn’t work there anymore I’m sure he still wants to see them do well.

This summer Franklin made news when he showed up in Omaha to visit his buddy Tim Corbin who was coaching Vanderbilt in the College World Series.

Franklin and the Nittany Lions will kick off their season in Dublin, Ireland on Aug. 30 against UCF.

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Parker transfers to University of Indy, gone from Vanderbilt

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Parker transfers to University of Indy, gone from Vanderbilt

Posted on 15 August 2014 by Allen

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The rumors are true. Dai-Jon Parker and Kedren Johnson have both been kicked off the Vanderbilt basketball team. There have been rumblings all over Nashville that Parker had done something and wouldn’t be returning to the program. Johnson was suspended for the 2013-14 season but had vowed to return and had openly tweeted about returning to the program. But today the news came down as the school made the announcement.

According to Coach Kevin Stallings.

“It is a privilege to be a Vanderbilt basketball player and with that privilege comes a high level of responsibility, both on and off the playing floor. Unfortunately, the standards that were clearly set forth in both cases were not met and led to this decision.

“I did agree, however, to wait to announce both decisions until after they had determined where they would be continuing their college careers. Fortunately, our staff has been preparing for this possibility since last fall and feel that we have brought in six very talented perimeter players to lead us going forward. We certainly wish Dai-Jon and Kedren the best as they move forward with their lives.”

Parker would’ve been a senior this year and had emerged as a leader last year after Eric McClellan was kicked off the team. It’s not known exactly what happened to Parker but it’s been rumored for quite a while something had happened. He will go to the University of Indianapolis according to a tweet from earlier today.

Parker was complimentary of Coach Stallings and the Vanderbilt coaching staff on his way out.

Johnson had huge potential but off the court issues kept him from making a big impact in Nashville. It’s thought that Johnson was going to transfer to Memphis where he would be eligible to play right away since he didn’t play last year.

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Former Dore Steve Tchiengang signs with Timba Timisoara in Romania

Former Dore Steve Tchiengang signs with Timba Timisoara in Romania

Posted on 11 August 2014 by Allen

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Former Vanderbilt standout Steve Tchiengang has signed with a Romanian pro basketball team, Timba Timisoara for the 2014-15 basketball season. Tchiengang had been playing Center for the Island Storm of the National Basketball League of Canda where he averaged 9.5 points and 7 rebounds per game last season in Canada. Last season the Storm finished #2 in the NBL

With Festus Ezeli, Jeffrey Taylor, Lance Goulbourne, Brad Tinsley, and John Jenkins as the starters, Tchiengang embraced his role off the bench and helped the Commodores become the 2012 SEC champions. In the Finals of the SEC Tournament against Kentucky Tchiengang pulled 5 rebounds in only 10 minutes of playing time. The Cameroon native would’ve likely started for just about any other team in the SEC but when Ezeli went down to injury he did start 13 games.

Tchiengang was back in Nashville with former teammates Ezeli and Jenkins last month for a Nike basketball camp.

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Former Commodores Lance Goulbourne and Rod Odom reunite in NBA Summer League

Former Commodores Lance Goulbourne and Rod Odom reunite in NBA Summer League

Posted on 17 July 2014 by Allen

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Two dynamic former Commodores Lance Goulbourne and Rod Odom have reunited in the NBA Summer League. Both players signed with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors already have former Vanderbilt Center Festus Ezeli on the roster after drafting him in the first round in the 2012 NBA Draft. Ezeli was assigned to the Summer League and will likely see how he progressed after missing the entire 2013-14 season.

Before signing with the Warriors Summer League team Gouldborne had been the starting forward for the Goyang Orions of the KBL. Then in March he signed with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA D-league. Averaging 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds for Santa Cruz the former Commodore was invited to the NBA D-League’s fifth-annual Elite Mini Camp in Chicago. After the camp it was announced on July 3rd that Goulbourne was signed to the Summer League to play for the Warriors in Las Vegas. But once Summer League play began he was ruled out for the season due to an injury to his wrist. The injury apparently occurred before the season and according to various reports is a fracture and he will miss the entire season.

Odom had a really good season at Vanderbilt as a Senior. When Eric McClellan was kicked off the team early in the season Odom stepped up and averaged 13.6 points. He was named to the All-SEC Second Team and was on fire, scoring 26 points to upset Tennessee in Memorial Gym in February.

Odom had a good pre-draft workout for the Warriors but was no drafted. In late June it was announced that he had signed with the Warriors first Summer League team. In Golden State’s first game the former Dore sharpshooter played 3 minutes scoring no points in a win over Charlotte. He has not played in any other games.

Hopefully Ezeli can get healthy and get some minutes in to shake the cobwebs off this Summer and help Odom make the roster next year.

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Vandy gets Baylor and Vols get Kansas State in 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Vandy gets Baylor and Vols get Kansas State in 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Posted on 07 May 2014 by Allen

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The second annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge will feature 10 games played over four days from Dec. 3-6 in a matchup of two premier college basketball conferences.

All 10 of the Big 12′s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 member institutions will participate in this year’s event.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 10 games of the event. Each of the games will also be available via WatchESPN.

“The ability to showcase SEC basketball in this kind of inter-conference competition makes this a unique and exciting event for our coaches, student-athletes and fans,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said.

Start times and network designations will be announced at a later date.

2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge schedule:
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Auburn at Texas Tech
Thursday, December 4, 2014 Arkansas at Iowa State
LSU at West Virginia
Baylor at Vanderbilt
TCU at Ole Miss
Friday, December 5, 2014 Florida at Kansas
Texas at Kentucky
Missouri at Oklahoma
Saturday, December 6, 2014 Oklahoma State at South Carolina
Kansas State at Tennessee

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VCU steals Cason from Commodores

VCU steals Cason from Commodores

Posted on 24 April 2014 by Allen

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VCU men’s basketball Head Coach Shaka Smart announced the addition of Assistant Coach David Cason to his staff on Wednesday. Cason has been an assistant at Vanderbilt University for the past three seasons.

Cason replaces Mike Rhoades, who became the head coach at Rice University earlier this month. It is the fourth straight year a VCU assistant has been handed the reins to their own program (Mike Jones – Radford, Jamion Christian – Mt. St. Mary’s, Will Wade – Chattanooga).

“We’re extremely excited about the addition of David and his family to our program. He possesses a terrific basketball background, both as a player and as a coach,” Smart said. “David will be a tremendous asset to our coaching staff and student-athletes.”

During Cason’s three seasons at Vanderbilt, the Commodores won 56 games. He was on the sideline for the 2012 SEC Championship, the first won by VU in nearly 20 years. That squad went on to earn a five seed in the NCAA Tournament and reached the third round after beating Harvard. Cason also played a role in the tutelage of current NBA players and former Commodores, Jeffrey Taylor (Charlotte Bobcats) and John Jenkins (Atlanta Hawks).

“I’m really excited the opportunity to join the VCU basketball program. What Coach Smart, his staff and the players have done over the past five years is nothing short of remarkable,” Cason said. “I’m looking forward to rejoining a longtime friend in Jeremy Ballard and continuing to build my relationships with the rest of the coaching staff and the players. My family and I can’t wait to be a part of the VCU and Richmond communities.”

Prior to his time at VU, Cason spent six seasons at the University of Tulsa under Head Coach Doug Wojcik and alongside current VCU assistant Jeremy Ballard. He spent his final three seasons at Tulsa as associate head coach. In his six years at Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane posted a 123-78 record and advanced to the Conference USA Championship Game twice, won the inaugural post-season College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Championship in 2008 and made appearances in the 2009 and 2010 NIT post-season tournaments. During his tenure, the Hurricane posted four straight 20-win seasons (2007-10) and won 25 games in 2008 and 2009.

Cason also served as an assistant at TCU for two seasons, where he helped the Horned Frogs reach the postseason (NIT) in 2004-05.

From 2001-03, Cason served as the director of basketball operations at North Carolina. During that time, the Tar Heels reached the NCAA second round in 2001 while finishing with a 26-7 record. UNC advanced to the NIT in 2003. Prior to his time at North Carolina, he spent one season at Notre Dame and helped the Fighting Irish post a 22-15 record and earn a berth in the NIT Championship Game.

As a player, he spent two seasons (1991-93) at the College of Southern Idaho before finishing his collegiate career at Illinois State. He led the Missouri Valley Conference in assists both seasons and also guided his team to a 20-13 record and an NIT appearance as a senior. In his senior season, Cason was named the Team MVP and the Redbirds’ Athlete of the Year, and also established the school’s single-game assists record with 16. He is still the Redbirds’ all-time leader in career assists per game with 6.0.

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Roberson signs NLI to play at Vanderbilt

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Roberson signs NLI to play at Vanderbilt

Posted on 16 April 2014 by Allen

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Vanderbilt basketball landed another big time recruit today when Jeff Roberson from Houston signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Commodores. Roberson is a 6’7 3 star small forward who also had offers from St. Louis, Rice, and Harvard. The future Commodore averaged 20.1 points, 9.2 rebounds as a senior at Kinkaid School.

According to Kevin Stallings

“Jeff Roberson is a high level prospect from an outstanding academic high school.He is also a high character kid from a great family. His versatility is a big asset because he does so many things well on the basketball court. We are very excited to have him.”

Roberson will join Wade Baldwin, Matthew Fisher-Davis, and Riley LaChance to round out Stallings’ much heralded recruiting class for 2014. ESPN has the 2014 class ranked as the 27th best in the country.

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