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Anchor Drop, April 19, 2022: Ezra Manjon Commits

Vanderbilt basketball’s 2022-23 roster may be set.

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Yesterday, Scotty Pippen Jr. declared for the NBA Draft, but Vanderbilt might have also gotten his replacement for next season:

Ezra Manjon averaged 13.9 ppg and 3.6 apg in three years at UC Davis, and he’ll now be coming to Vanderbilt, where he’ll be asked to replace Pippen at the point. There’s some risk here, obviously: some good mid-major players are just that, and sometimes it doesn’t translate to a power conference. And there’s a lot to not like in Manjon’s shooting percentages: he shot 20 percent from three-point range last season. Perhaps at Vanderbilt, he’ll evolve into more of a pass-first point guard instead of somebody asked to carry the scoring load. Then again, I don’t know who will carry the scoring load for next year’s Vanderbilt team.

And to fill out the roster, Vanderbilt also landed a commitment from incoming freshman Paul Lewis, also a point guard.

In other good news for basketball, new facilities!

Baseball hosts Tennessee Tech tonight at 6 PM CT.

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