2019-20 NBA SEASON (Denver/Minnesota/Rio Grande Valley/Windy City/Iowa): Appeared in a total of 11 games for Denver (9) and Minnesota (2), averaging 1.1 points and 0.8 rebounds in 4.2 minutes per game… Scored four points on 2-of-2 shooting Feb. 2 at Detroit… Played in a total of 20 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Windy City Bulls and Iowa Wolves of the NBA G League, averaging 14.8 points and 10.1 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game… In seven games for Iowa, averaged 15.9 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks in 28.7 minutes per game… Recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists Mar. 6 at Salt Lake City.
NBA CAREER NOTES: Acquired by the Minnesota Timberwolves from the Denver Nuggets along with Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez and Brooklyn’s 2020 first-round pick on Feb. 5, 2020 in a 12-player, four-team trade. In the deal, the Wolves sent Jordan Bell and Robert Covington to Houston and Keita Bates-Diop, Shabazz Napier and Noah Vonleh to Denver… Acquired by Denver from Orlando on June 21, 2018 in exchange for the draft rights to Justin Jackson and a 2019 second-round pick… Drafted by the Orlando Magic in the second round (41st overall) of the 2018 NBA Draft… 2018-19 (Denver): Appeared in 17 games in 2018-19, averaging 1.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.4 steals in 4.1 minutes per game … Played his first NBA minutes, recording one point, three rebounds and one assist in four minutes vs. PHX on 1/25… Appeared in four games for the Delaware Blue Coats, averaging 7.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 16.2 minutes per game.
NBA PLAYOFF NOTES: 2019 (Denver): Appeared in three games, averaging 0.3 rebounds in 1.7 minutes.
Made the Dean's List in the Fall 2017 and was a SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll member... Appeared in 14 games averaging 5.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists… Led the team in rebounding when he was in action… Grabbed 10 or more rebounds in five of his 14 appearances… Missed the first two and a half months of the season due to a left foot injury… Made his first appearance in conference play in January and became an immediate impact player... Played at least 15 minutes in his final nine games… Suffered a separate left foot injury in practice before the Southeastern Conference Tournament and did not play the rest of the season… Recorded six or more rebounds in his final seven games, including nine or more in five straight… Hauled in 11 rebounds in 24 minutes vs. Ole Miss … Notched his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in a career-high 27 minutes vs. Missouri… Also blocked a career-high three shots vs. the Tigers… Just missed out on double-doubles in the previous two games with back-to-back performances of 11 points and nine rebounds each vs. Arkansas and Alabama… Six of his nine rebounds vs. Arkansas were on the offensive end… Dished out three assists to go along with 10 rebounds at No. 10/11 Auburn… Posted seven points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes at Texas A&M… Nearly notched a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds in just 16 minutes at Missouri… Pivotal presence in the 17-point come-from-behind win at No. 7/7 West Virginia with a then-career-high 11 rebounds, including a career-best seven offensive rebounds.
Parents are Gwen and Robert Vanderbilt… Siblings are Rean, Jamal, Jene, Tasha and Robert... Sister Jene competed in basketball for the University of Texas at San Antonio... Participated in track in high school, winning district titles in the 100 and 200 meters