By Ron Wynn
NASHVILLE, TN — Vandy coach Jerry Stackhouse had hoped to get some solid contributions from forward Clevon Brown this past season, and things started fairly well. Brown was averaging nine points and six rebounds through nine games, but then suffered a knee injury that ultimately ended his year. Fortunately, Brown now gets a chance to improve on those figures as he’ll be returning for another season. The senior was granted an extra year of eligibility last week by the NCAA because he played in fewer than 30 percent of the Commodores games. He’ll officially be designated as a medical redshirt.
Brown had improved in his prior senior season, doubling both the amount of points and rebounds he averaged. Though not a star, he was a hard worker, and will bring some valuable experience as well as more familiarity with the Stackhouse system. Brown’s currently seventh all-time among Commodore players in blocked shots, and had made enough improvement to go from being a part-time to full-time starter before the injury.
“We’re really excited that Clevon has been granted an extra year of eligibility and would like to thank our entire support staff for their diligence in helping to make this come to fruition,” Stackhouse told USA Today Network – Tennessee. “Clevon was beginning to establish himself as a leader on both ends of the floor before his injury and I look forward to him continuing his personal development on and off the court.”
The Commodores’ football team however did lose a player. Wide receiver C.J. Bolar announced he would enter the transfer portal after two seasons. After a good freshman year, injuries derailed his sophomore season. Bolar started six games, catching 11 passes for 79 yards. He thanked head coach Derek Mason and the Vandy staff for their support, while saying he was excited about his future prospects.