Losing Jeter hurts Vanderbilt

Losing A.J. Astroth was one thing. Now Sheldon Jeter's departure raises the eyebrows of all who want nothing but the best for Vanderbilt basketball.

Sheldon Jeter's 2012-13 statistics weren't mind boggling; 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds a game are nothing to write home about. However, if there was a player on the squad who fans were excited about the future prospects of, it was Jeter.

When Vanderbilt was in dire straights offensively earlier in the 2012-13 season Jeter was mostly a bench warmer. If you look at the game log you'll see that often the more Jeter played the more points the team scored. For instance, in the stinker 50-33 loss to Marist Jeter logged only 11 minutes playing time.

Later in the 64-50 victory over William & Mary, Jeter was finally given more than 20 minutes of PT and responded by pouring in 14 points. In that game he was 6-of-7 from the field and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc. Then, in the 89-79 overtime loss to eventual Sweet 16 Ole Miss Jeter tallied 32 minutes and scored 13 points. With a few exceptions, Vandy steadily improved as the season progressed- and Jeter's playing time increased.

Jeter was a sound all-purpose player who could make plays from both the inside and outside for the Commodores. He could drain a trey (39%) or drive to the basket for a slam dunk. Simply put, he's the kind of player that opponents have problems defending.

We'll likely never know the full story of why Jeter chose to transfer. The official release said the Pennsylvania native wanted to be closer to home. We do know that loss of this talented young player puts a damper on the outlook for the upcoming Commodore basketball season.

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