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— The next generation of Vanderbilt basketball players are about to enter the first wave of freshmen to enroll in the school’s basketball program.
The Vanderbilt family values have never been higher.
On Tuesday, the school unveiled the newest recruits for the 2017-18 season.
A family of five, including freshman forward Brandon Jones and sophomore center Jordon James, are expected to be among the first in the country to graduate and enroll on campus in January.
For the first time, the Bulldogs have five athletes playing basketball at the same time, a new rule adopted in the new year to increase competition.
Vanderbilt is a first-time leader in recruiting.
Its first-year recruits include 10 from across the country, including a trio from Tennessee.
“It’s just such a different kind of family atmosphere and the family vibe is just such an important part of the program,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said.
In a year in which the team went from the national title race to a No. 1 seed in the East Region, the program is poised to go one better.
That is what has set the program apart.
The Dawgs are in the same boat as every other team in the league: They have four seniors who all played in a high school tournament, and they have an NBA-ready roster with an influx of draft picks and young talent.
But the Dawgs have a different style of recruiting, and that has been a big part of their success.
Their recruiting is based on the “Vanderbund,” a program created in the early 2000s to provide an elite experience to players in the Nashville region.
The program has recruited and developed young players from across Tennessee, including Jones, James and forward Jordon Smith.
They have developed the “Jordon family” with the help of head coach John Thompson III and the coaching staff.
There are now two players in their class from the same school.
Jordon Jones and Jordon Jenson have been in the program for a long time.
They grew up in Vanderbilt and have played at the university together.
Derek Mason said there is a sense of family that is building within the family.
Players will spend a majority of their time with their families, but some will also be spending time at Vanderbilt’s home courts during the season.
And they will be working on the court with each other and with their coaches during the year.
Every player, he said, is doing something for the family and for the school.
It’s a family, he added.
“It’s all about that family.”
Jones and Jenson are the first two recruits to enter Vanderbilt’s class, and the first to join the team since 2016, when the Bulldogs signed forward Jalen Brunson from Florida Atlantic.
At the end of the season, the Dawg’s class is projected to have five players.
This class is the first for a number of reasons, including the need for a new direction for the program, Mason said, which has been the theme for the past year.