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Report: Vanderbilt 'Zeroed In' on Jerry Stackhouse to Become Next Head Coach

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2019

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2016, file photo, Toronto Raptors assistant coach Jerry Stackhouse is seen during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons,in Auburn Hills, Mich. Coby Karl of the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Jerry Stackhouse of Raptors 905 will be the coaches in next Saturday’s NBA Development League All-Star Game in New Orleans. Both have been to All-Star weekends before – Stackhouse as a player, Karl as a fan – but this is the first time either will coach during that weekend. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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Vanderbilt has reportedly "zeroed in" on Jerry Stackhouse to become its next head men's basketball coach, according to Jeff Goodman of Stadium. 

Stackhouse is currently an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA and spent time as the head coach of the Raptors 905 in the G League.

Goodman noted Vanderbilt athletic director Malcolm Turner was president of the G League before coming to the school in December.

Stackhouse impressed during his time with the G League, leading his squad to a title while being named the league's Coach of the Year in 2017.

While he had been a head coaching candidate with the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks, he eventually landed on the Grizzlies coaching staff.

His experience coaching at the NBA level and with AAU teams combined with his 18 years of experience playing in the NBA could bring him plenty of success in college.

Blake Lovell @theblakelovell

Quick thoughts on Jerry Stackhouse likely heading to Vanderbilt: While he lacks college coaching experience, he’s widely regarded as excellent at player development and will undoubtedly be able to attract a variety of recruits due to his NBA background. Very fascinating hire.

On the other hand, not everyone is convinced about the hire:

Dan Wolken @DanWolken

I cannot make sense of firing Bryce Drew for Jerry Stackhouse. It seems really dumb and a bad fit. I will root to be wrong.

Bryce Drew was fired after going 9-23 this season, including 0-18 in the SEC. In three seasons, the former Valparaiso coach went 40-59 with just 16 total wins in conference.

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