BrandonClayScouting.com: Player Card – Jarred Vanderbilt

Class of 2017 forward Jarred Vanderbilt of Houston, Texas, is a proven prospect nationally. His blend of athleticism and versatility has him in the #BCSElite60. Photo cred - Jon Lopez/Nike

Class of 2017 forward Jarred Vanderbilt of Houston, Texas, is a proven prospect nationally. His blend of athleticism and versatility has him in the #BCSElite60. Photo cred – Jon Lopez/Nike

2014 Nike EYBL. Session #2. Dallas.Jarred Vanderbilt  (Houston, Texas), Houston Hoops / Victory Prep Academy – 2017
Height: 6’8″

Position: Power Forward
Committed College: Undecided
Star Grade:
5-star

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 By: @JLHemingwayPSB & @BrandonClayPSB

Date: May 29, 2016
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike Boys EYBL Session IV (Atlanta, GA)

Vanderbilt struggled in this setting trying to play exclusively on the perimeter. He’s shooting 39 percent from the free throw line, 19 percent from 3 but still at 48 percent from the field. Right now, he is most effective inside of 15 feet and is an elite prospect in the country in that regard. He’s even a high level passer in that way. His EYBL numbers of 13.5 points, 10.9 rebounds per with 3.7 assists support that. He is averaging 3.9 turnovers a game which offsets his high assist number.

Date: June 18, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: NBPA Top 100 Camp (Charlottesville, Va.)

Vanderbilt struggled a bit getting downhill off of the dribble. We’ve talked about his transition to more of a perimeter forward slot from a power forward spot. Vanderbilt has the athleticism / build to be a productive option at the position if he’ll continue to round out his ball skill.

Date: May 24, 2015
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: Nike EYBL (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Vanderbilt is a gifted combo forward who can affect the game in a number of ways. He controls the glass and can lead the break at the same time. He showed vision with the hi-lo pass while also being able to face up and slash. His shooting percentages are of concern as he finished only 2/25 from 3pt range and shot only 47% from the FT line. However, his 15 points and 10 rebounds per game were impressive as a 2017 prospect.

Date: May 23, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike EYBL (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Even though he is a grade behind most of the prospects in the 17u Division, Vanderbilt is one of the more physically gifted athletes on the EYBL Circuit. He is continuing to make the transition to more of a perimeter oriented game but needs to ensure that he continues to dominate the interior while doing so.

Date: May 28, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: USA U16 Trials (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Vanderbilt is making the transition to being a full-time wing prospect. His size / athleticism package allows him to guard multiple positions. In that way he is similar to Justise Winslow but hasn’t shown the same offensive prowess just yet. He still goes back to his left-hand on any counter move to score.

Date: October 3, 2014
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: USA U16 Trials (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

The strength of Vanderbilt’s game still centers around his ability to finish around the rim or more appropriately put above the rim. He does shoot the ball well with his feet set, even out to the arc. He worked with the wings and perimeter players during skill sessions. You can tell that adding the ball skill is a priority to him. However, at this moment he moves in straight lines on the drive without much wiggle or change of pace.

Date: October 3, 2014
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: USA U16 Trials (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

I agree 100% with Jonathan’s eval below. Vanderbilt is a beast around the rim with his energy/effort. He’s an elite level athlete with spring in his legs. Vanderbilt’s ball skill doesn’t lend itself to him being a third ball handler right now for an NCAA Tournament team. That said, he knocked down the left-handed 15 foot jump shot consistently.

Date: July 17, 2014
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: Nike EYBL Peach Jam (North Augusta, S.C.)

Vanderbilt is an athletic tweener forward. The left-handed excited the crowd here today with big booming dunk in traffic versus the Oakland Soldiers. The real question moving forward will be if he can polish his perimeter skills to become a true swing forward or will he settle more into a frontline forward.

Highlights of Vanderbilt from NBPA Top 100 Camp courtesy of Courtside Films

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Brandon-Clay-Bio-2Brandon Clay is the Executive Camp Director of the Elite Basketball Academy and the owner of Brandon Clay Scouting. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and serves on the Naismith Trophy Men’s / Women’s College Player of the Year Academy and the HS Boys / Girls All-American Team Board of Selectors. He is also the Director of Scouting for the OTRHoopsReport.com National Scouting Report. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com

 

HEMI-HEAD-SHOTJonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. also He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on  twitter @JLHemingwayPSB