Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew has announced the signing of Aaron Nesmith to a National Letter of Intent. Nesmith will be eligible to compete for the Commodores beginning in the fall of 2018.
Nesmith, a 6’5 guard who played at Porter-Gaud High School in Charleston, S.C., chose the Commodores over Florida and South Carolina after averaging 19.1 points per game as a junior and leading his Cyclone team to two South Carolina Independent School Association state titles as a sophomore and a junior.
“Aaron is an elite shooter with outstanding character,” said Drew. “From the moment we saw Aaron play and then later talked to him, we knew he was a perfect fit for Vanderbilt. He brings the whole package of being a true student-athlete. We anxiously look forward to his arrival to campus next summer and adding his talents to our team.”
“I am extremely excited to be a part of Vanderbilt basketball,” said Nesmith. “The opportunity to play at Memorial Gymnasium, along with playing for Coach Drew and his amazing staff and helping us win the SEC tournament, followed by a deep push in the NCAA national tournament, is something I look forward to.”
Nesmith has also been named the Charleston Post and Courier’s Lowcountry player of the year on two different occasions.
“Aaron is a rare talent,” said Porter-Gaud High School boys basketball coach John Pearson. “I have had the pleasure of coaching him now for four years and looking forward to a 5th. He blends high level ability and talent with a high level of academic accomplishment. He chose to attend school at Vanderbilt University, which will offer him both. This fit is perfect for Aaron and I think Vanderbilt will be pleased. Aaron is special and we look forward to following him and the Commodores!”