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Clevon Brown granted medical redshirt, will return to Vanderbilt

Good news!

NCAA Basketball: SEC Basketball Tipoff Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

After the bad news of C.J. Bolar’s transfer, we needed a bit of good news, and here it is:

This seemed like a fait accompli when Clevon Brown was not honored on Senior Day. The only logical explanation was that Vanderbilt expected him back in 2020-21; after all, he clearly qualified for a medical hardship. He appeared in nine games before getting injured; NCAA rules allow for a medical hardship if a player appears in fewer than 30 percent of his team’s scheduled games and none past the midway point of the season. Brown qualified on both counts.

Prior to getting hurt, Brown was averaging 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game, and shooting 60.7 percent from the floor. Assuming that Saben Lee remains in the NBA Draft, Brown might be Vanderbilt’s best player in 2020-21, so this is big news.