#24 Aaron Nesmith


Class Sophomore
Height 6'6"
Weight 213
Hometown Charleston, S.C.
High School Porter Gaud
Major Human & Org. Development

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  • 2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2019 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll


  • Signed with the Commodores in November of 2017
  • Played in all 32 games a true freshman and made 19 starts. Played in 14 games as a sophomore before a right foot injury ended his season
  • Posted a stellar career at Porter Gaud High School in Charleston, S.C., where he was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior while leading his Porter Gaud teams to three straight South Carolina state titles and scoring 2,000 career points

Sophomore (2019-20):

  • Played and started in 14 games and averaged 23.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 0.9 blocks, and 0.9 assists per game
  • Preseason All-SEC Second-Team member
  • Was the SEC’s leading scorer at the time of his injury
  • Made 60 total threes on the season, which led the Vanderbilt team. His 60 threes ranked 10th in the SEC at the end of the regular season
  • Scored in double figures in every game. Scored 34 points in a game at Richmond and 34 in game vs. UNC Wilmington. Tallied 20 or more points in seven other games
  • Made seven or more threes in four games – Southeast Missouri State, at Richmond, UNC Wilmington, and SMU. Made a career-high eight three pointers against SMU
  • Was second in the nation in 3’s made per game (4.28) and led the SEC in 3’s per game, 3-point field goal percentage (.522) and scoring (23.0) at the time of his injury. Was fifth nationally in points per game. He also ranked eighth in free-throw percentage (.825) and field-goal percentage (.512) in the SEC prior to his injury
  • His .522 3-point shooting percentage is the best by a Commodore in a single season
  • Tallied a career-high 34 points in an overtime loss at Richmond on Nov. 14. It was the most points by a Vanderbilt player since Shan Foster vs. Miss. State (3/5/08), and the most points by a Vanderbilt player on the road since Billy McCaffrey at Georgia (35, 2/24/93).
  • At the time of his injury, he was one of two players in the nation to make seven or more threes in a game four times (Dru Kuxhausen, McNeese State)
  • His 23.0 scoring average would have ranked second all time for a Vanderbilt player in a single season behind Tom Hagan’s 23.4 ppg average in 1968-69
  • His eight threes made against SMU tied for the second-most by a Commodore since 1996
  • Posted season-high seven rebounds against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, at Richmond, and at Auburn
  • Dished out season-high three assists against SMU
  • Had season-best three steals against Tulsa and at Auburn
  • Did not score less than 14 points in a game all season
  • Made multiple threes in all but two games

Freshman (2018-19):

  • Played in all 32 games and made 19 starts.  Averaged 11.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in all games
  • Led Commodores in scoring in SEC games only with 13.5 points per game
  • Named to SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
  • Scored 20 or more points in four SEC games as a true freshman and tallied double figures in 14 total games.
  • His 5.5 rebounds per game tied for the eighth-most by a Vanderbilt freshman in a single season (Kevin Bright, 2013)
  • Set new career highs in points at Florida (26); also was career-best 12-15 from the free throw line
  • Scored 24 points and had career highs in field goals made (9) and minutes (42) against Tennessee
  • Tallied 23 points against South Carolina; also made career-best five threes
  • Posted 24 points and career-high 14 rebounds against Auburn
  • Posted 20 points and then-career-high 13 rebounds in win over Savannah State
  • Scored 10 points, four rebounds, and four assists in win at USC

Prior to Vanderbilt:

  • Nesmith was one of the class of 2018’s top shooters
  • Averaged 21 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as as senior
  • Scored 2,067 career points and was named Most Outstanding Player at both the Chick-fil-A Classic, where he made nine three pointers, and the Rotary Roundball holiday tournament
  • Also a three-time South Carolina Independent School Association 3A Player of the Year
  • Three-time honoree as All-Lowcountry player of the year by the Charleston Post and Courier


  • Aaron Joshua Nesmith
  • October 16, 1999
  • Son of Benard and Erine Nesmith
  • Has one brother, Eddie, who attends Harvard
  • Major is Human and Organizational Development
  • Advice to young people:  “Always work hard and give that little extra effort when your peers are not.”

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