Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew will have to replace a second star player from last year’s team during his first season with the Commodores.
After a long deliberation, junior center Damian Jones has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft and will hire an agent, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. By hiring an agent, Jones will forgo his final year of eligibility.
The 7-foot, 245-pound center averaged 13.9 points per game on 59.5 percent shooting and 6.9 rebounds for the Commodores. He is rated as a first-round prospect and ranked No. 21 among all prospects by DraftExpress.com.
Jones’ departure leaves Vandy without its top two scorers from last season’s NCAA tournament team. Vandy’s leading scorer, sophomore guard Wade Baldwin IV, declared for the draft last week.