With the NBA having already kicked off, and college basketball soon to follow, there are plenty of current and former Commodores to keep up with. Here’s a guide to the current status of Vanderbilt’s big three from the 2012 draft, a transfer you may have forgotten about and numerous guys balling out in Europe.
Festus Ezeli, Golden State Warriors:
Ezeli’s playing time has lessened early this season on a stacked Warriors roster, but with Jermaine O’Neal not being resigned, the opportunity is there for him to earn more playing time. Golden State trusted Ezeli enough to play, and even start, him in last year’s playoffs.
John Jenkins, Atlanta Hawks:
Jenkins was only able to play in 13 games last year (plus four playoff games) after undergoing back surgery in February. Jenkins points (3.1) and minutes (12.2) per game are on par with his career averages. He’ll need to find his jump shot if he wants to break into the main rotation.
Jeffery Taylor, Charlotte Hornets:
Taylor is now looking at potentially two lost seasons in a row. He injured his achilles in December of last year, and is now currently barred from participating in any team activities due to his impending assault hearing.
DeMarre Carroll, Atlanta Hawks:
After spending his first two college seasons with the Dores, Carroll transferred to Missouri to play for his uncle Mike Anderson. Carroll, nicknamed "Junkyard Dog" during his college tenure, has scrapped his way to a starting position with the Hawks. He’s averaging 12 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, all of which would be career highs.
Derrick Byars, CB Sevilla:
Byars has floated around the NBA and most of Europe since graduating from Vanderbilt in 2007. The former SEC Co-Player of the Year is currently suiting up for CB Sevilla in Liga ACB, the top basketball league in Spain and arguably the most talented league outside of the NBA.
Kevin Bright, Fraport Skyliners:
Bright is playing for the Skyliners in the first division of the Basketball Bundesliga. Bright left Vanderbilt after only on season to be closer to his ailing mother.
Andrew Ogilvy, Manresa:
The former Australian national team member joined Manresa of Liga ACB in the offseason. He spent last season with the Sydney Kings in Australia.
Jermaine Beal, Perth Wildcats:
Like Ogilvy did last season, Beal is playing in the NBL, Australia’s top basketball league. This is Beal’s second season with the Wildcats.
Lance Goulbourne, Akhisar Belediye:
Goulbourne signed with the Turkish team in the offseason after playing in Korea and with the D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors last season.
Brad Tinsley, MLP Academics Heidelberg:
Tinsley is running point in the German second league where he signed in the offseason. He spent last season in Australia, which seems to be a popular destination for former Dores.
Rod Odom, KAOD:
Vandy’s most recent graduate to head overseas, Odom could not latch on with the Warriors in the offseason, so he took his talents to Athens. Odom will play in the Greek second division for KAOD.
Dawid Pryzybyszewski, AZS UMK Torun:
The seven-footer is playing in his home country of Poland, where he has spent his entire professional career.
Alex Gordon, Tsmoki-Minsk:
Gordon will play for Tsmoki-Minsk this season, one of the top teams in the Belarus Premier League.
Shan Foster, retired:
Yes, I know this is cheating, but I did not realize that Foster had retired, so I figured I would pass along the information. Another former SEC Player of the Year, he last played for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League in the 2013-13 season.