MBB News and Notes

Sept. 22, 2012

With Vanderbilt basketball less than a month away from every day practice beginning, things are gearing up for the Commodores.  News and notes from around the program include a practice update, a recap of Jon Rothstein’s chat with Coach Stallings, and how young is this Vanderbilt team in comparison with others in the SEC?

Practice Begins
The Commodores practiced as a team this past Monday and Wednesday, with the session lasting an hour on each occasion.  According to NCAA rules, Vanderbilt can have up to two hours of team practice every week beginning on September 15.

The guys are training with strength and conditioning coach Curtis Turner on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays most weeks.

Jon Rothstein’s chat with Coach Stallings
Jon Rothstein, a college basketball insider that works for the CBS Sports Network, chatted with Coach Stallings earlier this week and tweeted these remarks.

On Vanderbilt itself: "Last year's team was under a microscope. This years team is under the radar. They’re embracing that."

On the freshman: "Were taking the box of chocolates approach. You never know what you’re going to get."

On rebuilding: "I’ve been through it before. We don’t have anybody whose going to be used to the role they have this year."

On Dai-Jon Parker: "He’s got incredible athleticism. He has the makings of a guy who could be a lock down defender."

On Rod Odom: "Right now he looks like he’s going to be our go to guy. He’s our leading returning scorer."

On Shelby Moats: "He’s gotten a lot better as an undersized 5. He can stretch the floor."

On Josh Henderson: "If we can keep him healthy, he'll give us a guy who can score."

On Kedren Johnson: "He has an aggressive mentality. He enjoys bringing fight back to the game."

On Kyle Fuller: "His shooting has really, really improved. He could be on the floor in end of game situations"

How Young Are the Commodores?
We sent our intern, Weston Pletcher, to work to compare the Commodores with the rest of the SEC and here are the numbers when we compare each team’s leading scorer, the number of freshmen and sophomores, the number of seniors, and the number of starts that are returning from 2011-12.


  • Leading scorer:  Kedren Johnson (3.1)
  • FR/SO:  3 FR, 6 SO
  • 0 SR
  • 3 starts


  • Leading scorer: Trevor Releford (12.0)
  • FR/SO: 2 FR, 4 SO
  • 1 SR
  • 117 starts


  • Leading scorer: Marshawn Powell (19.5)
  • FR/SO: 4 FR, 5 SO
  • 0 SR
  • 75 starts


  • Leading scorer: Frankie Sullivan (12.6)
  • FR/SO: 5 FR, 0 SO
  • 5 SR
  • 94 starts


  • Leading scorer: Kenny Boynton (15.9)
  • FR/SO: 4 FR, 3 SO
  • 3 SR
  • 111 starts


  • Leading scorer: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (13.2)
  • FR/SO: 4 FR, 4 SO
  • 3 SR
  • 109 starts


  • Leading scorer: Kyle Wiltjer (5.0)
  • FR/SO: 4 FR, 4 SO
  • 2 SR
  • 0 starts


  • Leading scorer: Andre Stringer (13.7)
  • FR/SO: 3 FR, 2 SO
  • 3 SR
  • 80 starts

Mississippi State

  • Leading scorer: Jalen Steele (8.7)
  • FR/SO: 5 FR, 2 SO
  • 2 SR
  • 22 starts


  • Leading scorer: Michael Dixon (13.5)
  • FR/SO: 5 FR, 2 SO
  • 4 SR
  • 35 starts

Ole Miss

  • Leading scorer: Murphy Holloway (11.2)
  • FR/SO: 4 FR, 4 SO
  • 3 SR
  • 127 starts

South Carolina

  • Leading scorer: Bruce Ellington (11.0)
  • FR/SO: 3 FR, 2 SO
  • 3 SR
  • 68 starts


  • Leading scorer: Trae Golden (13.6)
  • FR/SO: 3 FR, 4 SO
  • 5 SR
  • 131 starts

Texas A&M

  • Leading scorer: Elston Turner (13.8)
  • FR/SO: 4 FR, 5 SO
  • 3 SR
  • 82 starts

‘Dores Visit Stallworth Hospital
A few Vanderbilt players visited the Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital on Friday afternoon to help celebrate National Rehab Week by playing Balloon Volleyball with the patients at Stallworth.  A number of the players visit Stallworth on a regular basis to visit with the staff and patients at the on-campus facility.





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