The 2020 NBA Draft has gained talented Vanderbilt Commodores’ sophomore forward Aaron Nesmith. This is a massive addition to a class that already has some talented depth at the forward position. There are some injury concerns revolving around the prospect considering he only logged 14 games this season, but the upside is huge. January marked the end of his season because of a foot injury that had been nagging at him for a few weeks. He is projected as an NBA lottery pick.
Aaron Nesmith is arguably the best shooter in the NBA Draft. Made four or more three-pointers in nine of his 14 games. 52.2-percent from 3 on 115 attempts. Was on pace for 133 threes prior to injury. https://t.co/NbTFrOU3wl
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 26, 2020
The upside with Aaron Nesmith is hard to deny despite his potential injury problems. His freshman to sophomore years saw a massive jump in production. He went from averaging 11 points per game to 23 points per game. The production in his sophomore year was only 14 games, but that level of play is hard to overlook. He also averaged 4.9 rebounds per game in his sophomore year. His three-point percentage was 52.2 percent while his overall field goal percentage was 51.2 percent.
Aaron Nesmith put this one in the stands pic.twitter.com/cKzED9fD8g
— Frank Mansfield (@MNfrankie) November 12, 2019
Shooting is always going to be highly valued in the NBA Draft. The 2019 NBA Draft had Cameron Johnson jump massively in his projected selection largely because he could shoot really well. Nesmith has the perfect size for the NBA listed at 6’6″ and 213 pounds. His size paired with this skill set makes him a likely lottery pick this year. There is some serious upside and hope that he can be a solid “three and D” option in the NBA. Vanderbilt will have to continue a rebuild without their star forward.