Vanderbilt forward Sheldon Jeter is transferring after just one season, coach Kevin Stallings announced through a university release on Friday.
Jeter, a 6-foot-7, 215-pounder from Beaver Falls, Pa., averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds as a freshman.
“Sheldon has indicated that he’d like to play closer to home, and we wish him the best,” Stallings said.
Jeter averaged 17.5 minutes and played in all 33 games but arguably could have garnered more playing time on a team that averaged 60.3 points – the lowest in the Southeastern Conference.
Stallings called Jeter the best finisher on the team. He made 47.1 percent of his shots – often dunks or attempts close to the rim. He also shot 39.1 percent from 3-point range (25-of-64).
“I thought I should have been starting [at the beginning of the season],” Jeter said back in February. “But after watching a lot of tape, my defense was not where it should have been. It is still not where it should be now.”
Not meeting Stallings’ defensive standards kept Jeter on the bench early but in January he was thrust into the starting lineup. Jeter made all seven of his starts over a nine-game stretch before Stallings that ended with a loss to Tennessee on Feb. 13. Over his last six games, Jeter averaged only 3.8 points.
He is the second freshman to transfer from Vanderbilt this offseason. Three weeks ago, guard A.J. Astroth announced he was transferring after averaging just 4.7 minutes.