NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt fans will get their first opportunity to take in the Jerry Stackhouse era for the first time this Friday evening when the Commodores take on Clark-Atlanta at Memorial Gym in their only exhibition game of the season. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Vanderbilt will begin their regular season on Nov. 6 against Southeast Missouri State in a game that will also be played at Memorial Gym.
Tickets for the game against Clark-Atlanta are only $1, and can be purchased online at VUCommodores.com, by visiting the McGugin Center Ticket Office or calling 615-322-GOLD. Fans can also purchase $1 popcorn and $1 sodas.
There will be no television or radio broadcast of the game on Friday, but fans can follow along with live statistics on VandyStats.com.
Need To Know
- New head coach Jerry Stackhouse is the 28th men’s basketball coach in the history of Vanderbilt basketball. He is the first African-American Commodore men’s basketball head coach and is one of two current African-American head coaches in the Southeastern Conference (Cuonzo Martin, Missouri).
- Stackhouse has been a star player at every level of basketball. He was a 1993 McDonald’s All-American in high school and an All-American at North Carolina in 1995. He was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, a two-time All-Star and earned the 2000-01 scoring title. In his 18-year NBA career, he scored 16,409 points while playing for the 76ers, Pistons, Wizards, Mavericks, Bucks, Heat, Hawks and Nets.
- His prior coaching stints have all come in the NBA or the NBA G League. He was an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018-19, and was the head coach of the Toronto Raptors’ G-League franchise, Raptors 905, in 2016-17 and 2017-18, where his teams won one championship (2017) and advanced to the finals (2018) in another. He was also named the G-League Coach of the Year in 2016-17.
- The Commodores have three SEC regular season titles, two conference tournament titles and 15 NCAA Tournament appearances in the history of the program.
- The Commodores return six letter winners from 2018-19, with junior Saben Lee leading the way for the Commodores a year ago. Lee averaged 12.7 points per game and led the team with 3.8 assists per contest. Sophomore Aaron Nesmith also averaged double figures a year ago with 11.0 points per game. Other letter winners returning include junior guard Maxwell Evans, junior forward Matthew Moyer, senior forward Clevon Brown, and junior guard Isaiah Rice. Redshirt sophomore Ejike Obinna returns to the floor after redshirting last season.
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