Jarred Vanderbilt has signed his first NBA contract.
Vanderbilt was initially selected by the Orlando Magic in Round 2 of the 2018 NBA Draft, going 41st overall. He was quickly traded to the Nuggets, where he’ll team up with former Kentucky Wildcats Jamal Murray and Trey Lyles.
Vanderbilt had a shortened freshman year with UK last year, but he was effective in the 14 games he played by leading the team in rebounds with nearly eight boards per game, despite only averaging 17 minutes per game.
Per 40 minutes, that comes out to 18.5 rebounds per game, making him arguably the best rebounder in college basketball. He also averaged six points per contest but did score 11 points three times in his final five games.
He was fairly efficient from the field, shooting 42.6 percent from the field. He also only shot 63 percent from the free-throw line, though he’s still very raw on the offensive end.
The good news is Denver has a deep frontcourt that will give Vanderbilt ample time to rest, recover and develop after injuries have wiped out much of the last two years for him dating back to the summer of his senior year in high school, when he suffered a broken bone in his foot.