The SEC’s leading scorer is probably out for the rest of the season.
Vanderbilt sophomore forward Aaron Nesmith, who is averaging 23.0 points per game, is out indefinitely with a stress fracture and is unlikely to return this season.
“A lot of different circumstances happened over the last 24 hours; the main one being Aaron figuring out that his season is probably over,” Vandy first-year head coach Jerry Stackhouse said on Jan. 10. “It was a tough blow understanding that our leader and our best player, who has been a huge part of what we have done so far, is probably no longer going to be with us.”
Stackhouse told the media that Nesmith’s injury actually occurred a couple of weeks ago.
“He was having some pain and discomfort,” Stackhouse said. “They took an X-ray a few weeks ago, a couple weeks ago, when he did something to his ankle. They saw a little something there but it wasn’t a main concern and then now it was like, let’s just be sure, and they go in to be sure and they found that it was more than what it needed to be.”
Nesmith was leading the nation in 3-pointers made (4.3 per game) and was draining treys at a stellar 52.2 percent clip. He was also averaging 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocked shots per game. Many 2020 NBA mock drafts have Nesmith as a projected first-rounder.
Without Nesmith on Saturday at home, the Commodores lost 69-50 to Texas A&M as 3.5-point favorites. They fell to 8-7 straight up and 7-7-1 against the spread.
The ‘over’ is 12-3 overall for Vandy. With Nesmith and Clevon Brown out injured, Stackhouse’s first team is down to eight active scholarship players.
Vandy will be a healthy underdog when it returns to the court Wednesday night at Arkansas.