The Vanderbilt Commodores have lost one of their big men.
Junior center Djery Baptiste is leaving the basketball team to focus on academics and complete his degree, the program announced on Friday.
“I would like to thank Coach [Bryce] Drew and my teammates, the Vanderbilt basketball support staff, and the Commodore Athletic department for everything they have done for me here at Vanderbilt,” Baptiste said in the release. “I look forward to receiving an outstanding degree in December, and I am excited about my future endeavors as a student-athlete at another institution.”
Baptiste is on track to finish his human organizational development degree and minor in sociology in December.
“Congratulations to Djery, as we are thrilled he is getting a Vanderbilt degree,” Drew said. “He is a sensational young man who is going to be very successful.”
Djery will have two years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the court. He also will be eligible to declare for the NBA draft or head overseas to play professionally. If he remains in college, Djery will be allowed to play immediately wherever he chooses as a graduate transfer.
The 6-foot-10, 235-pound center played in 64 games while in Nashville, Tenn., including 11 starts. Djery averaged more than 10 minutes, 2.4 points, and 2.6 rebounds per game.