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If eligible, Issac McBride should be Vanderbilt’s third guard

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McBride is waiting an NCAA ruling on a waiver for immediate eligibility.

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By the Numbers

Player PPG RPG APG 3PT% Rivals (overall) Rivals (position) ESPN (position) 247 (overall) 247 (position)
Player PPG RPG APG 3PT% Rivals (overall) Rivals (position) ESPN (position) 247 (overall) 247 (position)
Issac McBride 28.9 4.5 4.1 47.50% 106 19 (PG) 31 (PG) 137 22 (CG)

(Stats are from high school in 2018-19, courtesy of here.)

While I’m generally previewing Vanderbilt’s roster in reverse order of projected minutes, Issac McBride is here if only because that number might be zero.

McBride, a high school recruit in the 2019 class, initially signed with Kansas and enrolled there, but left the university in September 2019 — conveniently, right around the time Kansas received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA — and ended up transferring to Vanderbilt, where he enrolled this summer. Because he’s technically classified as a transfer — even though he never played a game at Kansas — and because he didn’t enroll at Vanderbilt until the current academic year, he hasn’t met the one-year residence requirement for eligibility at Vanderbilt. He’s applied for a waiver, but as of now, that hasn’t been granted.

So, with all that out of the way: what exactly is Vanderbilt getting if McBride is eligible to play this season? Well, just look at the jump shot on 5 in white in this video:

McBride averaged 28.9 ppg in his senior year of high school with 47.5 percent shooting from three-point range, and just watching that highlight video, the form on his jump shot looks good. His numbers weren’t quite as eye-popping on the Nike EYBL circuit against a higher level of competition (he played at a 3A high school in Arkansas), but they were still solid: 17.7 ppg on 34.6 percent three-point shooting. He’s a bit undersized for the two at 6’1” and 190 pounds.

From all appearances, the worst-case scenario here is that he’s another Max Evans, a role player for a couple of years who will ultimately be good enough to start as a junior. So how does he fit onto Vanderbilt’s roster in 2020-21, assuming he’s eligible? My best guess is that he’ll be the third guard on the roster, with the ability to spell both Scotty Pippen Jr. at the point and Evans at the two, though I wouldn’t imagine you would ever see all three of those on the floor at the same time.