April 2, 2019 / 1:34 AM / 3 months ago

Reports: Stackhouse, Vanderbilt discussing coaching job

Former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse has had discussions with Vanderbilt officials to become the program’s next men’s basketball coach, according to multiple reports.

FILE PHOTO: Jan 19, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach Jerry Stackhouse talks during a timeout against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors beat the Grizzlies 119-90. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports wrote on Twitter that Stackhouse was in “contract negotiations” with Vanderbilt, and that he “emerged as a primary candidate in the last 24 hours.”

Currently an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies, Stackhouse’s only previous experience as a head coach came in the NBA G League with the Raptors 905 team from 2016-18.

He led the team to the title in 2017 and was named coach of the year in the G League, where he also got to know Vanderbilt athletic director Malcolm Turner, the former president of the G League.

The third overall pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995 out of North Carolina, Stackhouse averaged 16.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists during an NBA career from 1995-2013, and was an All-Star with the Detroit Pistons in 2000 and 2001.

On March 22, Vanderbilt fired coach Bryce Drew after a 9-23 season punctuated by a 0-18 record in the Southeastern Conference.

Drew was halfway into a six-year contract. In three years coaching the Commodores, Drew compiled a 40-59 record.

His tenure started with a promising season in 2016-17 that ended in a 19-16 record and an NCAA Tournament berth, but it was followed by a pair of sub-.500 seasons.

This season, the Commodores were the first team without a win in SEC play in 65 years.

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