Three Vanderbilt basketball players enter transfer gate
After Vanderbilt’s basketball season ended last week, I thought we would soon lose players on the transfer portal. Vanderbilt, after all, had four freshmen signed in the Class of 2022 and 11 players from last year’s squad who weren’t seniors; someone had to go for the Commodores to get to the 13 NCAA scholarship limit.
It happened over the weekend as three commodores – Jamaine Mann, Terren Frank and Shane Dezonie this morning – opted out of the program.
So let’s talk about it. Losing guys sucks, but Mann, Dezonie and Frank, respectively, ranked eighth, ninth and tenth on the team in minutes played in the 2021-22 season (and all three were actually ahead of Liam Robbins, who would have played a lot more than that if he hadn’t missed 21 games; all three, too, were behind Rodney Chatman despite Chatman himself missed 20 games.)
Frank was, by far, the team’s most obvious transfer candidate. the TOS the transfer averaged 10.5 minutes per game and was a “DNP – Coach’s Decision” in the team’s last two games in the SEC Tournament and all three SLOW Games; in other words, Stackhouse had probably already determined that it was a surplus coin. In Mann’s case, he was not a surplus piece this season, but was likely going to be with a healthy Robbins and Quentin Millora-Brown returning next season and incoming freshmen Lee Dort and Colin Smith likely to command immediate minutes. There just wasn’t room for either of these guys on the roster.
Dezonie could be a real loss; the former four-star rookie came to Vanderbilt after pulling out of Arizona when Sean Miller was fired, but despite playing time at the off-guard spot being there for much of the season, Dezonie only commanded 11.1 minutes per game. Rodney Chatman is now gone, but assuming Tyrin Lawrence sticks around, Vanderbilt will still have him and new freshman Noah Shelby available next season. These are two guys Dezonie could theoretically beat for minutes, but maybe he wanted a fresh start.
Either way, that attrition leaves Vanderbilt with an available purse before the spring signing period. Another could open up if Scotty Pippen Jr. (as many expect) decides to turn pro.