Vanderbilt Sophomore Aaron Nesmith suffered a stress fracture in his right foot and will miss the rest of the season. Considering that there is a good chance Vanderbilt will be missing the NCAA Tournament, his return was unlikely just to play in meaningless games with a chance of re-injury. Nesmith has been one of the breakout stars in college basketball this season averaging 23 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in 35.8 minutes per game. His increase in overall production has been impressive but his shooting numbers are what have him on the NBA radar as a legitimate 2020 draft prospect. Despite seeing a large increase in his offensive role, Nesmith shot the ball at 52.2% on three point attempts compared to his 33.7% last year.
At 6’6″ he has good size for a player that primarily will be listed as a shooting guard, but also can play at the three in smaller lineups, which should put him on the draft boards of teams looking for scoring help from the wing. At this point it is unclear how much this could effect his draft stock, or whether he would consider returning to the program for another season, but his stock has gone up as much as just about any player this season. We currently have Nesmith going #19 in our 2020 mock draft, although he will likely slide after this injury. Providing the stress fracture does not impact his game long term expect for Nesmith to declare for the draft and be considered a potential first round pick.