NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt men’s basketball head coach Jerry Stackhouse announced the signing of Jason Rivera-Torres and Malik Presley to national letters of intent. Both will be freshmen for the Commodores for the upcoming 2023-24 season.
“We are excited to announce the signings of Jason and Malik and welcome them to the Vanderbilt Family,” Stackhouse said. “These young men are talented players with winning habits on and off the floor. Both helped lead their respective teams to record-breaking success. We are looking forward to their arrival on campus this summer.”
- 6’7”, 190, Guard/Forward
- Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
- High School: John Marshall (Va.)
Rivera-Torres arrives in Nashville after putting up 15.4 points, 3.4 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 1.4 blocks per game as a senior at John Marshall High School in Virginia.
The Bronx, New York, native earned All-State first team, All-Region first team and All-Metro first team in Richmond, Virginia as a senior. He helped John Marshall post a 28-0 record – winning the Class 2 VHSL State Championship. The squad also won the MaxPreps National Championship in 2023 – finishing No. 1 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings.
Rivera-Torres, who was a four-star recruit by ESPN and 247, played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Iona Prep in New York before moving on to Bishop Walsh in Maryland as a junior and John Marshall in Virginia for his senior season. Off the court, he starred in “Swagger” an Apple TV+ series with Kevin Durant as one of the executive producers.
Stackhouse on Rivera-Torres: “Jason is a long and skilled guard who comes from an excellent high school program. Their team spent much of the year ranked No. 1 in the country. Jason uses his length to facilitate plays for others, and he is a great rebounder for a perimeter player. His work ethic is tremendous, and he loves to be in the gym. We are looking forward to seeing him apply his focus and grit to the standards of success we aspire to here at Vanderbilt.”
- 6’6”, 185, Guard/Forward
- Hometown: San Marcos, Texas
- High School: San Marcos
A 2023 McDonald’s All-American Game nominee, Presley was rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and three-star by Rivals and 247.
He averaged 20.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a senior for San Marcos, helping his squad win district and area championships. He earned All-State for class 6A in Texas for his performance and was a finalist for SBLive’s 2022-23 Texas Boys Basketball Class 6A Player of the Year.
On the AAU circuit, he played for JL3 EYBL.
Stackhouse on Presley: “Malik is an athletic, slashing wing who plays with high energy. His combination of athleticism and versatility is exciting. He has a spirit and competitiveness that raises the play of all those around him. He helped his San Marcos High School team advance deep into the Texas state playoffs while setting the school record for wins. He is a terrific student who is a great fit for our culture on and off the floor.”