After three seasons, Vanderbilt men’s basketball is going to head in a new direction. According to Jeff Goodman, Vanderbilt has fired head coach Bryce Drew.
Drew lead the Commodores to an 0-18 record in SEC play this year, finishing with a 9-23 record overall. He will finish with a 40-59 overall mark as Vandy’s head coach, making the NCAA Tournament just one time.
Drew finishes with a 1-5 record against Tennessee.
There was some talk that Drew would be able to get another year at Vanderbilt. After all, Drew did lose five-star recruit Darius Garland early in the season. However, a winless record in conference play along with some embarrassing efforts down the stretch forced the school’s hand.
Drew’s legacy at Vanderbilt will be left on the recruiting trail, although he wasn’t able to do anything with that talent. He signed two five-star recruits in Darius Garland and Simisola Shittu, along with highly ranked four-star players Aaron Nesmith and Saben Lee. Vanderbilt currently has two four-star prospects signed to their 2019 class.
Something to keep in mind here is that new athletics director Malcolm Turner comes from the NBA G-League. He’s likely got plenty of contacts from that world, giving Vanderbilt a potentially unique channel to choose their next coach from.