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Wednesday, August 1
Team preview: Vanderbilt Commodores

Returning Leaders
Points: Moore 12.0 ppg
Rebounds: Freije 4.4 rpg
Assists: Lakey 3.1 apg
FG %: Freije 49.7%
3pt %: Freije 39.0%
FT %: Moore 79.7%

00-01 Stats:
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The lowdown
2000-01 record: 15-15; 4-12 in SEC (6th in East)
Final Ranking: NR
Postseason: None

Three Questions for 2001-02
1. Who will replace Greg Lapointe's size, strength, scoring and leadership inside?

2. Will the Commodores get even better sophomore seasons out of Russell Lakey, Billy Richmond and Matt Freije?

3. Can Vanderbilt win on the road and not just be a tough out at home?

Andy Katz's Scenarios
Best case: The Commodores, who seem to own the Gators, knock off a few more top teams and make a run for an NIT berth.

Worst case: Inside scoring is a problem and Vanderbilt can't get to .500, missing the postseason.

Key Players Returning
Player Yr. Pos. Ht./Wt. Comment
Chuck Moore Sr. G 6-3/182 PTS: 12.0 | REB: 3.5 | AST: 1.8
Matt Freije So. F 6-9/210 PTS: 10.4 | REB: 4.4 | AST: 0.6
Billy Richmond So. G/F 6-5/186 PTS: 8.8 | REB: 2.4 | AST: 2.2

Key Losses
Player Pos. Ht./Wt. Comment
Greg LaPointe C 6-10/260 PTS: 11.5 | REB: 5.4 | AST: 1.8
Anthony Williams F 6-7/245 PTS: 9.1 | REB: 7.9 | AST: 1.7

Vanderbilt Signings
Player Pos. Ht. High School/College
Jason Holwerda G 6-5 Chattanooga, Tenn./Chattanooga Christian
Corey Smith G/F 6-5 Houston/Lamar H.S.
Brian Thornton F 6-8 Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual H.S.
David Pzrybyszewski C 6-11 Torun, Poland

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