|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:
Completely shocked to hear the news that Kevin Bright is going back to play pro ball in Germany! I wish him all the tho!— Sheldon Jeter (@LongLive_Jete21) July 29, 2013
Huge loss for Vanderbilt basketball. Kevin Bright, who came on strong at end of the season, has signed pro contract in Europe.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 29, 2013
NBC Sports - CollegeBasketballTalk: Report: Kevin Bright goes pro, Vandy’s 2012 recruiting class all gone http://t.co/cHRukZod0J— jonathan townes (@jtownez) July 29, 2013
Kevin Bright will be moving back to Germany to play professionally. 2nd player lost from last year. Feels like the team has taken steps back— Commodore Pride (@CommodorePride) July 29, 2013
Wow, Kevin Bright leaves Vandy to play in Europe. That's the 3rd Dore to transfer out of the MBB program this offseason.— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisWSMV) July 29, 2013
I think I'm going to cry. Kevin Bright????— Rob Keith (@RobKeith_33) July 29, 2013
Sorry to hear Kevin Bright is leaving Vandy, but Kev is a GREAT guy and I wish him the best— Daniel Marks (@dgm591) July 29, 2013
Kevin Bright leaving Vandy is an absolute killer. Heck of a player— Trenton Short (@TrentonShort) July 29, 2013
It sucks that he won't be able to help Vanderbilt next year, but I support Kevin Bright's choice to go closer to home and get paid.— Alex Boehm (@__boehm__) July 29, 2013
#Vandy basketball player Kevin Bright has signed a professional contract to play in Europe. Tough loss for the 'Dores.— Steve Layman (@SteveLayman) July 29, 2013
Kevin Bright drives the ball toward the bucket this past season in a game at Memorial Gym in Nashville, TN.
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