MBB announce exhibition game, non-con game times

Oct. 1, 2013

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The Commodores men's basketball team has announced that Alabama-Huntsville will come to Memorial Gym to play in the team's only exhibition game on Wednesday, November 6.  Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

Practice begins Tuesday Afternoon

Coach Stallings officially begins his 15th season at the helm of the Commodore basketball program when the team opens practice on Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Gym.  Stallings, who has 277 career victories with the Black and Gold, is one win away from tying all-time coaching leader Roy Skinner for the all-time wins lead at Vanderbilt.  The Commodores’ mentor notched his 400th career win of his 20-year career against Kentucky in the SEC Quarterfinals in Nashville in 2013.  Coach Stallings is also the all-time wins leader at Memorial Gym with 187 wins.

Non-Conference Times and TV Set

Vanderbilt will play at least six games on television in the non-conference portion of their schedule, with the opportunity to play more at the 2013 ezybonds Paradise Jam November 22-25 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

The Commodores' game with Butler in Indianapolis, set for 5 p.m. Central time from historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, will be Vanderbilt's first appearance on Fox Sports 1.  Later that week on November 22, Vanderbilt will play Providence from the Virgin Islands on the CBS Sports Network.

Other contests at the ezybonds Paradise Jam will either be televised by the CBS Sports Network or on the Internet at ParadiseJam.com.  The second-round winner's bracket games will be televised on the CBS Sports Network, with the loser brackets being an internet-only broadcast, and the final day's games on November 25 will also be split between the CBS Sports Network and ParadiseJam.com.  The consolation and finals will be televised on CBS Sports Network, with the other games being televised by ParadiseJam.com.

The Commodores' Big 12/SEC Challenge game at Texas on December 2 will tip off at 8 p.m. CT and air on ESPN2, and then will have three consecutive home games televised, beginning with Austin Peay on December 17.  That game will tip at 8 p.m. CT and air on CSS.  Vanderbilt's contest with Georgia Tech on December 21 will tip at 3 p.m. CT and be televised on FSN, and the Commodores' game with St. Louis on December 30 will air at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU.

Game times for non-conference, non-televised games against Georgia State (November 12), Lipscomb (November 15), and Marshall (December 5) are all 7 p.m. CT, with the Commodores' game time against Northeastern on January 4 still to be announced.  All four of those games will be streamed online on vucommodores.com as a part of the website's All-Access package.

Commodores return three starters, eight letter winners 

After losing their top six players at the end of 2012, Vanderbilt played with a very young squad in 2012-13 (no seniors, ranked 322 in KenPom.com’s experience rankings), and returns three starters for 2013-14 and eight letterwinners.  The two starters lost were point guard Kedren Johnson, the team’s leading scorer from 2012-13, is suspended for the 2013-14 season after a violation of university policy, and Kevin Bright, who decided to return home to Germany to sign a professional contract.  The Commodores also lost the services of freshman Sheldon Jeter, who elected to transfer.

Starters returning include senior forward Rod Odom and juniors Dai-Jon Parker and Josh Henderson.  Other letter winners returning are senior guard Kyle Fuller, junior forward James Siakam, junior forward Shelby Moats, and sophomores Carter Josephs and Nathan Watkins.

Key Additions

Vanderbilt will welcome redshirt sophomore Eric McClellan, and two freshmen, Damian Jones and Luke Kornet, to the fold in 2013-14.

McClellan, a 6’4 point guard who transferred from the University of Tulsa after the spring semester in 2012, practiced with the team last season after averaging 8.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23.1 minutes per game in 30 contests for the Golden Hurricane as a freshman.  He also started 16 games for Tulsa in his freshman campaign.

Jones, a 6’10 post man from Baton Rouge, Ala., signed with the Commodores in the early signing period after leading his Scotlandville Magnet School team to two consecutive Louisiana 5A Championships.  He averaged 15.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, and 2.0 assists in his senior season.

Kornet, a 6’10 forward from Lantana, Texas, signed in the spring signing period with Vanderbilt.  Kornet, the son of former Vanderbilt start Frank Kornet (1986-89), grew seven inches in his senior season at Liberty Christian School and averaged 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, and 3.0 steals in his senior season.



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