December 16, 2013

Monday morning thoughts

As is custom, VandySports.com's Chris Lee weighs in with his Monday morning thoughts. This week, they're about Kevin Stallings' task with making something from this basketball season, and some thoughts on Vanderbilt players in the NFL.

Square pegs, round holes

When we last checked on Vanderbilt basketball -- that was 11 days ago -- it wasn't a pretty picture. The Commodores came within a last-second defensive stop of losing to a mediocre Marshall squad that's ranked 177th in Jeff Sagarin's ratings, and 192nd in Ken Pomeroy's, before holding on for a 69-67 win.

Coach Kevin Stallings, in his post-game press conference, called his bunch "the worst-coached team in America," and while the Commodores certainly did not play smart that evening, my guess going forward is that coaching will be secondary on Stallings' list of concerns to the talent on hand. Due to a combination of poor recruiting and some bad fortune, the Commodores don't seem to have the pieces to make much of the season ahead.

The trouble started this summer when Sheldon Jeter transferred out. The big blows came when Kevin Bright quit the team to return to Germany and Kedren Johnson was suspended from school for the season. Johnson was the pure point guard that Stallings had hand-picked years ago to run this team. Bright gave VU a prototypical 3 who could do a little bit of everything. Jeter, though not always mature, showed promise as a scorer from the wing.



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