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Kevin Bright leaves Vandy to join pro team in Germany; Twitter Reacts

Posted by Russell on July 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The Vanderbilt basketball team took another hit today, with the news that rising sophomore guard Kevin Bright has left the team to play pro basketball in Germany.  Bright signed with the Fraport Skyliners, who play in Frankfurt, Germany. According to Jeff Lockridge of The Tennessean, Bright's mother had a nervous breakdown, and Bright returned to Germany to be with her.  Bright is from  Manheim, Germany and was a key player as a freshman for the Commodores last season.  Bright played in 33 games, starting 29, and he also average 6.9 points per game.  Bright is the third scholarship player from last year's team to leave, as A.J. Astroth transferred to Towson, and forward Sheldon Jeter also transferred.  The Commodores are now in a tough spot for the upcoming season, with only 10 scholarship players on the roster. With more injuries or suspensions, the Commodores could find themselves playing walk-ons on a regular basis. 

This quote from head coach Kevin Stallings was included in a press release this afternoon: "About a week ago, Kevin went home to attend to his mother, who was ill," said Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings. "Subsequently, he decided that the best thing for he and his family was to sign a professional contract so he could be near her. While the timing of this is very unfortunate, we understand Kevin's desire to be present for his family in this time of need."

Check out the Twitter Reaction to the surprising Kevin Bright news:


Kevin Bright drives the ball toward the bucket this past season in a game at Memorial Gym in Nashville, TN.

Photo from zimbio.com

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