By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on April 15, 2014
The Vanderbilt Commodores had an up and down season, despite losing a large majority of their players from the previous season. Seniors like Kyle Fuller and Rod Odom stepped up for the team, and the Commodores were actually considered on the NCAA Tournament bubble for a short period of time. Here are five takeaways from Vandy’s 2013-14 college basketball season.
On a team in which several managers dressed for games, there should be no way that they nearly made a run for the NCAA Tournament. However, by working together, they did and were even on the bubble for a while.
It’s January, your team needs a miracle and your best player makes a major mistake. Do you kick him off the team? Stallings does. He’s in absolute control of this team, and it shows in their play. Vanderbilt players lose their sense of self and find a spot on the team.
Vanderbilt has no recruits remaining from their very talented 2012 recruiting class. All of the players have either transferred, gone pro, quit the team or been kicked off the team. Vandy has to start getting replacements in who can have an immediate impact.
He’s not up there with Coach K, Jim Boeheim or Billy Donovan, but he’s just under them in a list of extremely good coaches who just rarely have the top talent necessary to win.
Whatever you think about Vanderbilt basketball, the Commodores will eventually be good once again. As long as Stallings can keep recruits at the school, Vanderbilt should be back on their feet and competing for an NCAA Tournament spot within three or so years.
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