Sophomore center Brian Thornton, Vanderbilt's leading rebounder in 2002-03, has decided to transfer to another school, The Tennessean newspaper reported Saturday.
The newspaper offered no reason for the transfer, and Coach Kevin Stallings declined comment, according to the Nashville newspaper.
Thornton started 24 games in 2002-03, but saw his productivity and playing time wane as Vanderbilt slumped to a 3-13 SEC mark. On the season he averaged 11.5 points per game, second only to Matt Freije, and led the team in rebounding with 5.7 per game. However, he averaged only 20 minutes per game over the last eight games.
After a freshman season in which the Louisville, Ky. native was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, Thornton added considerable weight, and Stallings made Thornton and Freije the focal point of his offensive attack. The system enjoyed success early on, but as the team slumped in February and March, freshman Julian Terrell's playing time increased, while Thornton's decreased.
Ted Skuchas, a 6-11, 243-pound post player from Audubon, Pa., who redshirted in 2002-03, is likely to compete for playing time at the center spot in 2003-04 as a redshirt freshman. Other candidates include Terrell, who also backs up Freije at power forward, and a pair of juniors-to-be, David Przybyszewski and Martin Schnedlitz.