Vanderbilt scored an intriguing commitment out of Texas as three-star forward Clevon Brown committed to the Commodores. Texas was the other finalist for the 6-foot-8 stretch four, but he decided to go to the SEC and head coach Kevin Stallings.
A native of San Antonio, Brown is currently regarded as the No. 126 overall prospect in the Class of 2016. During the recruiting process, Brown took in both Vanderbilt and Texas. Brown burst on the national recruiting radar with a strong performance during the July live evaluation period in the Great American Shootout.
Brown is Vanderbilt’s second Class of 2016 pledge as he follows three-star Arkansas native and guard Payton Willis. Both Brown and Willis can step outside and shoot from the perimeter and fit what Vanderbilt likes to do on the offensive end of the floor.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli sure knows how to celebrate in style, taking one of the Larry O’Brien championship trophies back to campus.
Ezeli helped the Warriors win the NBA title in June. He was back at Vanderbilt on Saturday as part of the Commodores’ festivities surrounding their football game against No. 10 Georgia.
He took part in the SEC Network’s “SEC Nation,” where he posed for plenty of selfies with fans and the golden trophy.
The center also visited Memorial Gym for a few more photos. Ezeli then stopped by Vanderbilt’s pregame radio show.
Ezeli says it felt good to be with fans who supported him from the start of his career while celebrating a special moment.
Ezeli was one of two Warriors to take a Larry O’Brien Trophy back to his college stomping grounds this weekend, with forward Draymond Green doing so at Michigan State. Green, who earlier this week announced that he would be donating $3.1 million to his alma mater, was the celebrity guest on “College Gameday” Saturday morning.
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After attending the NBPA Top 100 Camp in late June and playing on a Utah Prospects team that included five-star guard Frank Jackson, 6-foot-7 power forward Yoeli Childs has been on the receiving end of increased attention recruiting-wise in recent weeks. Saturday it was revealed that Childs has trimmed his list to five schools, with two SEC programs making the cut.
Auburn and Vanderbilt, two programs that will have some key front court personnel losses to address after the 2015-16 season, remain under consideration for Childs as do Boise State, BYU and Princeton. While Childs, who attends Bingham HS in South Jordan, Utah, has yet to take an official visit he has unofficially visited both Boise State and BYU.
According to Scout.com, Childs hopes to wrap up his recruitment in time for the early signing period in mid-November.
From a personnel standpoint Auburn will lose three front court players at the end of the 2015-16 season in Cinmeon Bowers, Jordon Granger and Tyler Harris (grad student by way of Providence). The Tigers have just three scholarship front court players who will have eligibility beyond the upcoming season in sophomore Trayvon Reed and freshmen Horace Spencer and Danjel Purifoy (who’s more of a wing than an interior player).
As for Boise State, the Broncos don’t have a scholarship senior in their front court but they do have two juniors in Nick Duncan and James Webb III. Accounting for those eventual departures is a key for head coach Leon Rice and his staff. BYU is in a similar situation as Boise State, however the Cougars will welcome back multiple front court players from their respective LDS missions in 2016-17 including Eric Mika and Payton Dastrup.
Princeton has just one senior in its front court heading into 2015-16 in Hans Brase, but he’s an important player for the Tigers whose departure will need to be accounted for. And while Vanderbilt has just one scholarship senior in the front court in center Josh Harrison, both Damian Jones and Luke Kornet will be juniors.