It was announced today the Vanderbilt will be adding former Texas Tech guard Minta Spears to the roster. Spears is heading to Vanderbilt as a graduate transfer so, unlike Kea, she will be able to play right away in the 2015-16 season. This is a huge plus point of the transfer as Vandy is thin at the guard position and Spears is going to be able to step in and fill an immediate need on the roster.
In a school release Wednesday announcing the move, Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb called Spears "the consummate student-athlete" and said she "fills an immediate need at the guard position."
The 5’10” Spears actually has two years of eligibility remaining, which is rare for a graduate student. Her best performances to date came when she was a redshirt freshman at Texas Tech during the 2013-14 season. During that campaign she averaged 8.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists, while directing the Red Raiders attack. Spears saw her numbers drop a little across the board the past season with her stat line reading 6.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
Coach Balcomb will be hoping that with improved coaching and attention to detail Spears will be able to regain, and then improve on, her form as a freshmen. Spears bounced back extremely well after suffering an ACL tear as a true freshman, showing the spirit and attitude you would expect from a more experienced player. The 25 points Spears put up in a game against Arizona State last year shows what kind of potential the new Commodore has and now it is up to the coaching staff to pull more consistency out of her.