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Vanderbilt In Play for Harvard Basketball Transfer Patrick Steeves

Vanderbilt has a scholarship to give. Will Patrick Steeves take it?

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Bryce Drew's first addition to Vanderbilt's roster may not be a recruit. It could be 6'7 transfer Patrick Steeves.

The Commodores have an extra scholarship to award next season after losing sophomore Wade Baldwin IV and junior Damian Jones to the NBA Draft. Steeves, who is originally from Montreal, Quebec, would be eligible to play for the team immediately as a 2016-17 graduate transfer. The rangy swingman would fit right into a Vanderbilt system that favors its shooters; he made 45.8 percent of his three-point attempts last season.

Steeves only played one full season with the Crimson thanks to injuries. He emerged as the team's sixth man last winter after recovering from a stress fracture in his foot and a torn ACL that stripped him of his first three years in Cambridge. After missing four contests early in the season, he rebounded to play in his team's final 16 games of the season.

In all, Steeves averaged 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists last season while shooting 44.9 percent from the field. While his 20.6% turnover rate is a concern, he'd add more scoring to a program known for its free-shooting philosophy behind the arc.

If Steeves picks Vandy, he would be the second Ivy League veteran to transfer to Nashville in the past two years. Shooting guard Nolan Cressler left Cornell after leading the Big Red in scoring in 2013-14. He averaged 12.3 minutes and 4.8 points per game last winter and has one season of NCAA eligibility remaining.