Luke Kornet kept growing and growing and growing during his senior year of high school.
Soon he’ll find out if he is big enough to fill in the gaps in the post for Vanderbilt.
Kornet, the son of former VU standout Frank Kornet, signed a national letter of intent with the Commodores on Monday. The 6-foot-10 power forward from Argyle, Texas, grew nearly seven inches this past year. He is the second signee in the 2013 class and will join 6-9 center Damian Jones from Louisiana on campus in the fall.
“We’re excited to have Luke join this year’s class,” Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said in a statement. “He is a young man with an extremely bright future, and of course, an outstanding Vanderbilt pedigree. Both of his parents, Frank and Tracy, are excellent ambassadors for the university and we are thrilled to have them join our Commodore basketball family.”
The glaring weakness for Vanderbilt during the 2012-13 season was its play inside.
Stallings constantly tweaked his starting lineups to fine a good fit in the paint. Josh Henderson averaged just 5.4 points, Shelby Moats averaged 3.0 points and James Siakam scored 2.0 points a game. The Commodores lost the battle of the boards often, averaging 33 rebounds a game — the second-lowest in the Southeastern Conference. In fact, the team’s top rebounder was guard Kevin Bright, who averaged 5.5 rebounds.
All-state as a senior, Kornet averaged 15 points, 7.2 rebounds, three blocks and shot 44 percent from 3-point range in helping Liberty Christian to a 33-7 mark. Still, Kornet, just 195 pounds, will have his work cut out for him to emerge on a crowded court.
Only guard A.J. Astroth transferred as Vanderbilt didn’t graduate any seniors. Rising senior Rod Odom, who averaged 10.4 points, is the favorite to play the power forward position. Henderson and Jones, rated the eighth-best center in the country by Rivals.com, are expected to vie for the starting center spot.
Kornet’s father played for the Commodores from 1986-89 and made the All-SEC first team as a senior.