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Dec 29, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores guard Kyle Fuller (11) drives up court against the Butler Bulldogs during the first half at Memorial Gym. Butler won 68-49. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

 

#11 G KYLE FULLER, JR 6’1, 180
11.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.6 APG

After two years of being at the end of the bench, Fuller is starting and is the second leading scorer on the Commodores. Fuller is not a flashy player and does a lot of things OK, but nothing especially stellar. He’s not a great shooter (41.3%) and is even worse from long range (25.5%). He is OK distributing the ball, and has a A/TO ratio slightly in the positive.

Dec 21, 2012; Murfreesboro, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores guard Kedren Johnson (2) drives up court against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the second half at Bridgestone Arena. Middle Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt 56-52. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

 

#2 G KEDREN JOHNSON, SO 6’4, 215
16.6 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.7 APG

Johnson was a non factor last year, but has exploded to become Vandy’s biggest scoring threat. Johnson can score from all over the court, as evidenced by hitting 39.1% of his treys and is capable of the big game and has scored 25 or more three times this year. He is a decent rebounder and can pass some, but also is prone to turning the ball over as well. He has quick hands, averaging 1.6 steals, but is an unexplained free throw funk this season, hitting 59.6%, down 20 points from last year.

Dec 29, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores guard Kevin Bright (15) looks to pass against the Butler Bulldogs during the second half at Memorial Gym. Butler won 68-49. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

 

#15 G KEVIN BRIGHT, FR 6’5, 210
6.6 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.3 APG

It’s easy to dismiss the *** Bright as yet another project from Germany, but he has stepped up and given some quality minutes this year. Bright is a scrappy rebounder and is actually hitting better from long range (51.5%) as opposed to overall FG (45.0%). He actually has a couple of double doubles on the season against decent teams (Xavier, Villanova) so it will be wise to not sleep on Bright.

Mar 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores forward Rod Odom (45) knocks the ball away from Kentucky Wildcats guard Doron Lamb (20) during the second half of the finals of the 2012 SEC Tournament at the New Orleans Arena. Vanderbilt defeated Kentucky 71-64. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

#0 F ROD ODOM, JR 6’9, 212
9.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.8 APG

For a guy 6’9, Odom is not especially a good shot (35.5%) or a great rebounder. He’s decent from long range at 32.1%, but that does not warrant him shooting from there as much as he does. I guess the best way to describe him is as a serviceable starter who can occasionally have good scoring games, but expect him to struggle against Kentucky’s bigs.

Dec 15, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores center Josh Henderson (40) drives to the basket against the Alabama A

#40 C JOSH HENDERSON, SO 6’11, 220
4.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.3 APG

Henderson only played 70 minutes this year, so really is just a freshman in playing experience and has struggled for most of the season. He has been shuffled in and out of the starting lineup but has had a couple of decent games scoring. He is not a great rebounder for his size, but is coming off a career high 7 boards off the bench against William and Mary. I don’t envy him going against Nerlens.

 

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