Vanderbilt basketball loses player to pro league in Europe

Monday, July 29, 2013 at 8:41am

Vanderbilt shooting guard Kevin Bright has a signed a professional contract to play in Europe.

The Frankfurt Skyliners in Germany announced on their website Monday that Bright had signed a two-year deal with an option for a third year.

"About a week ago, Kevin went home to attend to his mother, who was ill," coach Kevin Stallings said in a statement.  "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."

The Skyliners play in Beko BBL, considered to be the highest league in professional basketball in Germany. Bright, 21, is from Mannheim, Germany, which is an hour away from Frankfurt.

“I am very pleased to Frankfurt, because it is a great club with a great history,” Bright said in a statement on Frankfurt’s website, according to a translation provided by Google. “Gordon Herbert is a successful coach on the sidelines, who was also a reason for me to come to team. The proximity to my home Mannheim is of course an added bonus for me. I offer good options in Frankfurt and I want to help the team. This is for me the most important thing.”

Bright spent just one year at Vanderbilt. He played in all 33 games last season, averaging 6.9 points and a team-high 5.5 rebounds in 29 starts. His 41 percent 3-point shooting (54-for-133) led the team and he made the game-winning shot with less than a second left against Georgia in February.

He twice was named the Southeastern Conference freshman of the week and was the first Vanderbilt freshman with three double-doubles since Jeffery Taylor in 2009.

With the departure of the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Bright, the entire 2012 signing class is gone. Guards A.J. Astroth and Sheldon Jeter announced their intent to transfer earlier in the summer.

Vanderbilt, which signed just two players in the 2013 class, did not graduate anyone from a 2012-13 squad that went 16-17 and 8-10 in the SEC.

2 Comments on this post:

By: HamBoneHamBone on 7/29/13 at 11:31

How does a coach / program lose an ENTIRE signing class -- after they've enrolled and spent a year at a school. That is a major indictment of the VU basketball program in its current state.

By: eamus-catuli on 7/29/13 at 8:17

Earlier in the day Kevin Stallings was informed of this by the press, shows you how much he's on top of things. Stallings needs to go now, he's washed up.

"Make something idiot-proof and the world will build a better idiot"