Suspension of Dai-Jon Parker Weakens an Already-Thin Vanderbilt Roster
Earlier this week, Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings announced that sophomore guard Dai-Jon Parker has been suspended from the team indefinitely.
The news came as a result of Parker’s inability to meet the standards of the team’s non-academic policy.
“Dai-Jon failed to uphold the high standard that we expect of a Vanderbilt basketball player and will be disciplined accordingly,” Stallings told USA Today.
On Friday night, Vanderbilt hit the court for one of two exhibition match-ups. They will begin the regular season against Nicholls State on Nov. 10 before hitting the road to Oregon on Nov. 16. According to the reports, there in timetable for Parker to be reinstated at this time.
A former top-100 recruit, Parker played sparingly a season ago as a freshman, as the Commodores featured one of their more loaded rosters in recent memory. However, with another season on the horizon, the transition of rebuilding and moving forward will surely be no easy task for Vanderbilt.
The Commodores are looking to replace their top six scorers from a season ago, including first round NBA Draft choices Jeffery Taylor and John Jenkins. Parker was expected to see an added role and the opportunity to break onto the scene in 2012-13 due to his overall talent and potential coming out of high school.
A season ago, Parker just 1.7 points and 1.0 rebounds per game in just over 11 minutes of action. The opportunity to settle in and learn behind a talented group a season ago, was expected to ultimately benefit Parker, but his suspension surely halts that with regular season action set to begin within the next week.
The 6-foot-3 guard was projected to start for Stalling at the two-guard position, yet it remains to be seen whether or not that will be the case when his suspension if uplifted.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse