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May 13, 2013

Kornet makes it official

Vanderbilt officially added the second member to its 2013 basketball recruiting class on Monday when the school confirmed signing of forward Luke Kornet.

The 6-foot-10 prospect out of Argyle, Texas, committed to the Commodores on April 30th but had to wait academic confirmation of his signed National Letter of Intent.

A standout at Liberty Christian School, Kornet averaged 15 points, 7.2 rebounds and three blocked shots his senior year while leading the Warriors to a 33-7 mark and trip to the TAPPS state semifinals. A skilled four-man, Kornet also shot 44-percent from behind the arc and was named First Team All-State for his school's classification.

"We're excited to have Luke join this year's class," Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings said in a statement released by the school on Monday. "He's a young man with an extremely bright future, and of course, an outstanding Vanderbilt pedigree. Both of his parents, Frank and Tracy, are excellent ambassadors for the university and we are thrilled to have them join our Commodore basketball family."

The son of former Vanderbilt standout Frank Kornet (86-89) and fellow former Commodore Tracy Kornet, Luke became a national name late on the 2013 recruiting scene. The three-star prospect was a virtual unknown before his senior year, but he grew nearly seven inches within the last year, and started to grab attention from a few schools. Things changed this spring when he was invited to play for the Texas Select AAU squad and immediately created a buzz at a few big events such as the Real Deal in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Soon Kornet was fielding interest from every major college basketball conference, receiving visit invites from such programs such as Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas. He later hosted Stallings for an in-home visit and also welcomed in Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber and coaches from both Purdue and TCU.

Kornet ultimately chose Vanderbilt over Kansas State, Purdue and TCU. In total, he attracted well over 30 schools during the month of April before committing to the Commodores.

Kornet will be eligible to play this fall and brings a skilled perimeter game offensively. As a former guard, he can handle the ball exceptionally for his size and is an above average passer. Kornet can also shoot for distance or mid-range, possessing a smooth release that is often hard to block.

Though he will need to add more bulk to his frame over the next year or so, he also already possesses some of the rebounding instincts and post moves that could serve him well as a power forward later in his career. Kornet was named the Defensive Player of the Year for his area following his senior year.

Kornet joins Rivals100 power forward Damian Jones of Baton Rouge, Louisiana as official members of the Commodores 2013 class.

Vanderbilt is not expected to sign any more high school seniors, though could still be in the market for any potential transfers. Georgia Tech transfer Julian Royal recently chose to reunite with the coach that recruited him to the Yellow Jackets, Paul Hewitt at George Mason. Vanderbilt was his second choice.

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