Vanderbilt added two additions to its basketball program Wednesday when both Payton Willis and Clevon Brown signed Letters of Intent. They will be eligible to compete for the Commodores next season.
“We’re thrilled to add Clevon and Payton to our program,” Stallings said. “They possess high-level basketball skills and come from great families and we couldn’t be more excited in what they will bring to our program, both on and off the floor. Both have done a great job in the classroom and will be great additions to what is already a terrific core of good guys in our basketball program.”
Willis, a 6-foot-4 point guard out of Fayetteville High School (Arkansas), averaged 15.9 points during his junior season and shot 44.7 percent from beyond the 3-point line. He committed to the Commodores on Aug. 5 and made it official three months later.
“I chose Vandy because I feel that it’s the perfect fit for me,” Willis said. “The playing style of the team along with feeling right in place when I played pick-up with the guys were huge factors. I love Coach Stallings and his staff as well as the academic prestige of the school.”
Willis is the No. 2 basketball player in the state of Arkansas and ranked 22nd in the country at point guard by 247sports.com.
Brown, a 6-foot-8 power forward out of Churchill High School in San Antonio, Texas, averaged 16.8 points and 9.4 rebounds a game as a junior.
He committed to Vanderbilt Sept. 29 although he had offers from 14 other schools including Texas, Illinois, Notre Dame and Auburn.
Brown is ranked 12th in the state of Texas and is the 36th-best power forward in the country according to 247sports.com. He’s ready to improve as a basketball player at Vanderbilt.
“I chose Vanderbilt because it was the best fit and is a great school academically,” Brown said. “I got along with the coaches and players very well when I came on my visit and I felt like they can develop my game the best.”
Willis and Brown could be Vanderbilt’s 2016 recruiting class on their own, but it’s still early in the process — only time will tell.