D1 has never named an underclassman as the Most Valuable Player of an EYBL session.
That changes today.
Houston Hoops sophomore Jarred Vanderbilt takes home the Lexington MVP, coming off four spectacular all-around showings.
The 6-foot-8-swingman turned in four double-doubles, highlighted by a 26-point, 12-rebound, 5-assist, 5-steal and 2-block performance against surging contender Each 1 Teach 1. In four games, Vanderbilt averaged 17.8 points, 13.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists & 1.8 steals.
His teammate De’Aaron Fox, a junior and an MVP candidate in his own right, weighed in on his teammates dominant session.
“It think it’s much deserved,” Fox said about Vanderbilt’s MVP. “We were short a player this week and he really picked up the missing pieces.”
For Vanderbilt, his production that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet is what sets him apart. It’s not often ESPN’s No. 3 ranked recruit is regarded as the best hustle-player on the floor, but that is almost always the case for Vanderbilt. He employs a relentless motor, battles tirelessly on the boards and dives for every loose ball opportunity. Simply put, Vanderbilt has just about every tool that scouts look for at the next level.
“He literally played like two players out there.” Fox said. “He absorbed Robert’s (Williams) stats who wasn’t there, and added to his own.”
Houston Hoops sits at 7-1 through two sessions, and Vanderbilt’s production is a big reason why. His experience from the 2014 EYBL season has done wonders for his 2015 progression, which is a large reason why he’s an EYBL regular season MVP candidate as a sophomore.
Looking ahead to Houston, Vanderbilt matches up with 2016 ESPN No. 1 Jayson Tatum and the St. Louis Eagles. Will Vanderbilt repeat his MVP numbers and defend their home turf? We will find out in eight days.