Dores in the Pros

Tracking former Vandy basketball standouts playing in the professional ranks

This information on former Vanderbilt student-athletes playing professional basketball was updated Jan. 25, 2021.


Darius Garland (2019) // Cleveland // Garland was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He played five games for the Commodores before a knee injury ended his only Vandy season. 

Garland has played in eight games this season and is averaging 14.8 points, 5.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds. Garland is shooting 40.9 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent from 3.



Damian Jones (2013-16) // Phoenix // Jones is in his fifth season in the NBA after three with Golden State and one with Atlanta. The 7-foot center had played in 104 career games before the start of this season.

Jones has played in five games this season and is averaging 1.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.



Luke Kornet (2015-18) // Chicago // A 7-foot-1 forward, Kornet is beginning his second season with the Bulls after two seasons with the New York Knicks. Kornet had played 102 career games and averaged 6.9 points and three rebounds during his career before the start of this season.

In one game this season, Kornet has scored two points in seven minutes of action.


Saben Lee (2018-21) // Detroit // Lee was selected 38th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft after the 6-foot-2, 183-pound guard averaged 13.9 points per contest during 96 career games with Vandy.

Lee has played in four games this season and is averaging 2.5 points and a steal.



Aaron Nesmith (2019-2021) // Boston // Nesmith (6-5, 215) was selected 14th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft. He played in 46 games for the Commodores, scored 14.7 points per game during his career and shot 41 percent from 3.

Nesmith has appeared in six games for the Celtics and is averaging four points and two rebounds.



Wade Baldwin IV (2014-16) // Bayern Munich (Germany) // A 6-foot-4 guard, Baldwin was the No. 17 overall pick by Memphis in the 2016 NBA Draft. Baldwin has played with Memphis and Portland in the NBA and Iowa, Texas and Raptors 905 in the G League.

Baldwin has played in 21 games this season for Bayern Munich and is averaging 13.8 points and 3.8 assists per game.

Kyle Fuller (2010-14) // Corinthians (Brazil) // A 6-foot-2 point guard, Fuller began his professional career in the NBA’s D League before playing in Venezuela and Peru.

Fuller is averaging 20.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in 12 games this season. He’s shooting 40.7 percent from the floor.

Lance Goulborne (2008-12) // Pass lab Yamagata Wyverns (Japan) // A 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward, Goulborne is in his first season with the Trains after spending seasons in France, Turkey and the NBA’s G League.

In 22 games this season he’s averaging 15 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 43 percent from the field.

John Jenkins (2009-12) // RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Spain) // A 6-foot-4 guard, Jenkins was drafted 23rd overall by Atlanta in the 2012 NBA Draft. He appeared in 22 games for New York during the 2018-19 season and averaged 5.2 points per game.

Jenkins is averaging 10.9 points and 1.9 assists after seven games this season. He’s shooting 48.3 percent from the floor.

AJ Ogilvy (2007-10) // Illawarra Hawks (Austraila) // A 6-foot-11 center, Ogilvy started his professional career in Turkey and has since played in Spain, Germany, Puerto Rico and Iran.

Ogilvy has played three games with the Hawks this season and is averaging 6.7 points, six rebounds and 2.7 assists.

Jeff Roberson (2014-18) // Greensboro (NBA G League) // A 6-foot-6 forward, Roberson began his professional career playing for the Maine Red Claws in the G League.

Roberson appeared in two games for the Swarm during the 2019-20 season.

Simi Shittu (2018-19) // Windy City Bulls (NBA G League) // Shittu averaged 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game during his one season in Nashville.

Shittu played in 40 games for Windy City during the 2019-20 season and average 12.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 57.1 percent from the field.

Jeffery Taylor (2008-12) // Real Madrid (Spain) // A 6-foot-7 forward, Taylor was the 31st overall pick by Charlotte in the 2012 NBA Draft. He spent three seasons in the NBA before playing for the Austin Spurs in the NBA’s D League.

Taylor is now in his sixth season with Real Madrid and is averaging 5.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in 12 games this season.

Bradley Tinsley (2008-12) // FC Porto (Portugal) // A 6-foot-3 guard, Tinsley began his professional career in Belgium and has spent time in Australia, Germany, Lithuania and Italy.

Tinsley is averaging 11.4 points, 4.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 15 games this season. He’s shooting 59.3 percent from the field.