Byars comes from UVa as transfer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Junior Derrick Byars is transferring to
Vanderbilt from Virginia and junior guard Adam Payton is leaving
the Commodores program.

Byars, a 6-foot-7 swingman from Memphis, played in 31 games last
season with the Cavaliers, averaging 7.5 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Byars will sit out the 2004-05 season due to NCAA transfer rules
and will have two years of eligibility left beginning with the
2005-06 season.

``We're very excited to have Derrick become a part of our
program,'' Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said Thursday. ``He
will bring his toughness and versatility to our practices this
coming year and will eventually take the court for us during the
2005-06 season.''

Payton, a 6-3 guard from Burlington, N.J., averaged 2.2 points
and 0.7 rebounds in 29 games last season.

``Adam was looking for more playing time and we were supportive
and very aggressive in helping him find the right situation,''
Stallings said.