About Aaron Nesmith
Aaron Nesmith was one of the most improved players in college basketball this season emerging as an elite jump shooter before a stress fracture in his right foot ended his season prematurely. Widely regarded as a top-50 prospect in the high school class of 2018 following his senior year at Porter-Gaud School (SC), he made an instant impact in the SEC averaging 11 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a freshman at Vanderbilt.
Returning for his sophomore year under first-year Head Coach Jerry Stackhouse, Nesmith had a breakout year scoring 23 points per game while shooting 52% from beyond the arc to rank as the most efficient scorer in the country before his season was cut short just one game into the Commodores’ SEC slate.
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- Standing 6-foot-6 with a solid 215-pound frame and good length, Nesmith has nice size for a wing. He is more fluid than explosive but plays above the rim pretty impressively in space.
- Nesmith’s physical profile is a plus, but it is his track record as a shooter that makes him so intriguing. He would have lead the country in three-pointers made per game this season if he qualified for the final leaderboards as he proved extremely reliable in catch and shoot situations both when spotting up and when running into shots off of screens. Serving as the focal point of much of what the Commodores did offensively, his consistency shined as he scored no fewer than 14 points in any of his 14 games as a sophomore.
- Possessing solid tools for the defensive end, Nesmith was more physical on the ball and active off it some times than others last season.
- Possessing nice length and strength, Nesmith has some things working in his favor defensively. He allowed 0.71 points per isolation possession [57th percentile] faring better defending on the ball than off it.
- Making an effort on the glass and fighting when switched onto opposing big men, his ability to translate some of his glimpses of tenacity to closeout situations is a point of interest.
- SEC’s leading scorer at the time of his season-ending injury in 2019-20.
- Hit a school-record 52.2 percent from three-point range in 2019-20.
- As a freshman in 2018-19, led Vanderbilt in scoring in SEC games with 13.5 points.
- Won three consecutive South Carolina state championships at Porter-Gaud School.
- Averaged 23.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.43 steals in 14 games.
- Sustained a season-ending stress fracture in his right foot in early January.
- Made a team-high 60 three-pointers, which ranked 10th in the SEC despite his limited action.
- At the time of his injury, he was second nationally in three-pointers made per game (4.29) and fifth in scoring.
- Hit a career-high eight threes vs. SMU (Jan. 4), which tied for the second most by a Commodore since 1996.
- His 34 points at Richmond (Nov. 14) were the most by a Vanderbilt player in a road game since 1993.
- High-level shooter with superb mechanics.
- Moves well without the ball.
- Strong and solid frame with good length.
- Plays within the flow of the game
- Named to SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll in 2018-19.
- Brother, Eddie, was a senior at Harvard in 2019-20 with a concentration in molecular and cellular biology.
“A lot of our plays are designed to get him threes because he’s one of the best shooters I’ve seen at this level.”
-Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse