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Anchor Drop, July 11, 2018: 52 Days

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Wade Baldwin’s strong play in the NBA Summer League continued.

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Good morning.

Today marks 52 days from Vanderbilt’s season opener against Middle Tennessee State. There’s no #52 on this year’s roster, with last year’s 52 (Brayden DeVault-Smith) switching to #12 for this season.

Vanderbilt sent five student-athletes to the SEC student-athlete leadership council, including Matt Ryan (men’s basketball), Khari Blasingame (football), Cierra Walker (women’s basketball), Fernanda Contreras (women’s tennis), and Mary Beckwith (swimming.)

Adam Sparks talks about Vanderbilt baseball’s incoming recruiting class, which is still ranked #1 in the country even after losing some players to the MLB Draft.

Men’s golf picked up a 2020 verbal commitment on Tuesday:

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Wade Baldwin IV continued his ransacking of the NBA Summer League with a 16-point, 9-assist, 5-steal performance in a 95-89 Blazers win over the Spurs. Also noteworthy, from the same game: John Jenkins, trying to play his way back into the league, had 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

College basketball’s July recruiting period begins today. Vanderbilt’s 2019 recruiting class has been rather slow to develop, but I would expect that to change in the next couple of weeks.

France beat Belgium to advance to the World Cup Final. The last time France won the World Cup, Tennessee won a national championship in football. Something tells me that only one of these things will happen in 2018.

Kansas apparently got subpoenaed by the FBI in its college basketball investigation.

The Tampa Bay Rays want to spend $900 million on a ballpark, including a $240 million... roof.

Dennis Dodd evaluates the job security of all 129 FBS football coaches and ranks Derek Mason as a 3 (on a scale of 0 to 5), which apparently means “Pressure is mounting.” I’d say so, but the more intriguing thing is that Mason apparently ranks the same as he did last year (when he was coming off a bowl season and not, well, whatever 2017 was.)