It has been a rough week for fans of the Vanderbilt Commodores basketball program.
First, a starter from the 2012-2013 team (Kevin Bright) decided to forego additional college eligibility by signing with a pro team in Germany. Then, the hits just kept on coming as the team announced that it has suspended its leading scorer, guard Kedren Johnson, for the entirety of the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
The specific reason for Johnson’s suspension is unknown, but he released a letter on Monday night explaining his transgressions a bit. He was quoted as saying:
“It hurts me when I realize the consequences of my action, which happened near the end of the last school year. It was a violation of the good conduct expected of all Vanderbilt students. I take full responsibility and now must begin working to regain the trust and respect of my school, the student body, our fans and especially my coaches and friends on the team. I understand this will take time.”
It seems as if Johnson’s words have left him with the ability to rejoin the program after a year-long absence, but in the meantime, Vanderbilt much shift focus on the court. Johnson led the team with a 13.5 points per game average in a down year last year (16-17 record), and if you combine his absence with that of Bright’s, it could be another lost season in Nashville.