Exhibition games announced, other notes

Sept. 13, 2012

Vanderbilt basketball has announced two exhibition games to their 2012-13 schedule, with the Commodores taking on St. Xavier (Ill.) on Friday, November 2, and Delta State on Monday, November 5.  Both games will tip off at 7 p.m. CT at Memorial Gym.

Vanderbilt opens its regular season on Saturday, November 10, against Nicholls State at Memorial Gym.  Tip time will be announced for the game once the Commodores’ football game time is announced by the SEC at Ole Miss. 

Other News and Notes

We’re still a little over a month away from the middle of October, but that doesn’t mean the guys are not working towards practice, which can officially begin in a limited capacity on September 15.

Here are a few news and notes from around the program as everyone begins to gear up for the season.

Number Changes and Freshman Numbers

Junior Rod Odom has changed his number from 45 to 0 for the upcoming season, and here are the numbers for the freshmen – A.J. Astroth will wear number 20, Kevin Bright number 15, and Sheldon Jeter will wear number 21.  Eric McClellan, a transfer from Tulsa, will don the number one.

The last player to wear the new numbers:
0 – Jermaine Beal, 2007-10
1 – Brad Tinsley, 2009-12
15 – Elliott Cole, 2008-10
20 – Dan Cage, 2004-07
21 – Darshawn McClellan, 2008-11

“It’s a new beginning,” said Odom when asked about his number change. 

Other Professionals

Everyone knows about Fes, John, and Jeff and their NBA careers, but what about some of the other players who have worn the black and gold in the last few years?  Here’s an up-to-date list from Vanderbilt’s Director of Operations, Dan Cage, who does his best do keep up with everyone around the globe.

  • Matt Frieje is going to play in Lebanon.
  • Julian Terrell is in Coruna, Spain.
  • Alex Gordon is going back to play in Turkey.
  • Dawid Przybyszewski is playing in Poland.
  • Jermaine Beal played in Belgium last year, and is playing in Brazil this year.
  • Lance Goulbourne has been invited to Golden State’s camp, which begins in early October.
  • AJ Ogilvy signed a contract with Bamberg in Germany's top league.
  • Shan Foster played in Belgium last season, and is heading to Utah Jazz training camp in October.

Nike Elite

Vanderbilt basketball is now a Nike Elite program, and there will be many changes to the Commodores’ warmup and practice gear, along with new uniforms.

Stay tuned for more information on uniform unveilings as we get closer to October.

Non-Conference Game and Time Updates

Since the 2012-13 schedule was released, there have been a few updates to times and TV for a few of the non-conference games.  The game at Oregon on November 16 will be televised on the new Pac 12 Network at 8 p.m. Pacific time, while the match up with Middle Tennessee State at Bridgestone Arena will tip at 8 p.m. and be televised by ESPNU.

Start times for the opener against Nicholls State on November 10 will not be announced until the game time for the football game at Ole Miss on that day is established, which should be announced by the SEC in mid-October.  Tip time for the Alabama A&M and Butler games are also still to be announced on December 15 and 29, respectively.

Season Tickets Available

There are still season tickets available for the upcoming season, and can be purchased online at vucommodores.com, in person at the McGugin Center box office, or by calling 615-322-GOLD.  



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