The Commodores have been on the trail looking for big men all off-season and they uncovered every rock they could. Today they found that big man when Division 2 forward Yanni Wetzall from St. Mary's (Tx) announced his decision to transfer and finish out his college career at Vanderbilt.
Originally from New Zealand, Wetzall is a 6'10 forward who is highly skilled and fits almost perfect into Coach Drew's system at Vanderbilt. Wetzall has good size and strength along with the abilities to put the ball on the floor or shoot from deep.
Coming from the ranks of Division 2, Wetzall looks more than capable of competing at Vanderbilt and inside the Southeastern Conference. He brings a versatility to the table that Commodores don't have in their big man. Wetzall can score from many areas on the court and has no problem mixing it up inside. He could be considered a stretch four with his ability to shoot from outside but Wetzall is more than willing to play on the blocks rebounding, battling and fighting his way to the basket.
As a sophomore at St. Mary's (Tx), Wetzall averaged 15.5 ppg and 6.8 rpg. Those are solid numbers when you consider that the Auckland, New Zealand native only recently started playing basketball two years ago after growing up as a tennis player.
Wetzall still has some learning to do but being able to sit out next season will allow him to continue his development as a basketball player. If his games continues to develop, watch out! Wetzall is a highly skilled big guy with a lot of potential. His ceiling is high and along with the need of a big man, Vanderbilt saw the talent in Wetzall and immediately made him a priority.
Vanderbilt is now officially done in recruiting for the 2017-2018 season. All 13 scholarships are accounted for now with only 11 players eligible to play this season. Wetzall joins Notre Dame transfer Matt Ryan as players coming to Vanderbilt and both will be eligible to play in the 2018-2019 year.