2017 Intro: Jarred Vanderbilt
Jarred Vanderbilt, a highly touted sophomore out of Amarillo (Tex.) Victory Academy, traveled to Colorado Springs (Colo.) this past weekend to participate in the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Mini-Camp. While there were 11 seniors in attendance, majority of the campers, like Vanderbilt, were underclassmen prospects getting their first experience with USA Basketball. Vanderbilt was thrown right into the mix, guarding Scout.com’s No. 1 2015 recruit Jaylen Brown during the opening session. “I wanted to take on that challenge and experience how much bigger and stronger they are going to be,” Vanderbilt, a 6-foot-8, 190-pounder, told Scout.com. “To go at him the first drill was eye opening.” As camp wore on, Vanderbilt began to show different facets of his game. The long, lean forward showed good ball skills, faced up defenders and attacked the basket and displayed impressive passing ability. “I think I did pretty well,” Vanderbilt said. “I was trying to get other guys involved rather than just scoring. Everybody else is scoring. I was trying to do the other little things that coaches look for.” Vanderbilt said the strength of his game is his versatility. “Just being able to play multiple positions and where ever coach needs me,” he said when asked about his game. “I just try to be an asset to the team.” College coaches have begun to notice Vanderbilt’s ability. “After I played in the EYBL circuit, that’s when [my recruitment] picked up,” Vanderbilt said. “That’s when they saw me play a little more.” According to Vanderbilt, Larry Brown and Kelvin Sampson have been by his school recently, as have assistants from Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Arizona State and Baylor. Who did Vanderbilt follow growing up? “I grew up liking Kentucky and Texas,” he said. Vanderbilt is currently regarded as the No. 2 power forward and the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2017 recruiting class.
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