Guard leaves Vanderbilt hoops in search of more playing time

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 10:39pm
Staff reports

Seldom used guard A.J. Astroth is transferring from Vanderbilt.

The 6-foot-6 freshman from Tampa played in just nine games and scored only four points and grabbed five rebounds in 2012-13.

Astroth was limited early in the season due to ankle and hamstring injuries. He never could work his way into coach Kevin Stallings’ eight-player rotation and averaged just 4.7 minutes in mop-up duty.

“A.J. is a very fine young man and a very good player as well,” Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said. “In addition to that, he has also excelled in the classroom. However, he is looking for an opportunity to play more and we understand that. We wish him the best as he continues his playing and educational career.”

It was unlikely playing time would increase as the Commodores aren’t losing anyone to graduation. Specifically, Kedren Johnson (31.2 minutes per game), Kevin Bright (29.3), Dai-Jon Parker (28.5), Kyle Fuller (26.2) and Sheldon Jeter (17.5) all stand in front of him on a deep backcourt.

Vanderbilt also adds Tulsa transfer Eric McClellan, a 6-4 point guard who sat out last year after averaging 8.5 points and 2.2 assists for the Golden Hurricanes in 2011-12.

“I just pray God guides me in the right direction,” Astroth wrote on Twitter. “Can’t say enough good things about this school and basketball program. I’ve met people here who I will remain close with forever. … I thank God for the opportunity here, but I have to move on to find what’s best for me. I wish nothing but the best for my brothers.”

4 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 4/30/13 at 5:47

Kevin Stallings is feeling the heat or he would never have these nice things about this young man. It is just not natural to his personality.

By: Jughead on 4/30/13 at 7:17

Stallings is an angry pillsbury dougboy who bullies instead of coaching. No wonder he cannot recruit.

By: eamus-catuli on 4/30/13 at 8:59

Coach Stallings has been a good coach but the last couple of years he's seemed a little burned out - the guys he's gone after all seem to choose other schools. It's a shame that universities don't give their coaches sabbaticals like they do their professors because this guy sure needs one!

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

By: NoMusicNoLife on 4/30/13 at 2:38

Coach ? You call him a "Coach" ? A coach is respected but the team, his peers, the officials , and the fans ....He's got nothing !! I'm pointing all fingers at Williams for enabling this as long as he has. Spend the money like he did on Franklin and get us a real coach , and I don't care about their "race" Dr. Williams.