According to Vanderbilt men’s basketball twitter, Issac Mcbride has officially signed with Vanderbilt.
Mcbride originally enrolled at Kansas July 1st, 2019. He held offers from Tennessee, Auburn, Arkansas, and others. Mcbride decided to transfer after just three months with the program.
“I decided the program was not a good fit for me,” McBride tweeted. “I will continue to pursue a future basketball career. I would like to thank the basketball staff at KU. Most importantly, I would like to thank my family, especially my dad, who has supported me through this decision.”
Mcbride transferred on September 20th and committed to Vanderbilt on December 4th, almost 3 months later.
Per NCAA rule, a transfer must spend one academic year in residence at the school to which they are transferring before becoming eligible. Therefore, if McBride enrolls at Vanderbilt in the fall (unless there is a summer option), he would become eligible to play second semester, unless the NCAA grants a waiver to put him on the court sooner.
McBride was able to provide some information on his eligibility.
“I think we are in the process of getting a waiver right now.” Said Mcbride. “I’ve been emailing some people to sign off this sheet Coach Fox gave me. Hopefully this year.”
Mcbride, a 6-1 combo guard as listed by 247Sports.com ranked 137th nationally and 1st in Arkansas. He scored a school-record 58 points in a game his senior season and averaged 28.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.3 assists during his final season while guiding Baptist to the 3A state quarterfinals. He posted 30 or more points in 16 games his senior season.
With the departure of Saben Lee this will be a huge addition to the back court and a very much needed one too.
Mcbride had strong praise for Coach Stackhouse.
“Coach Stackhouse is a players coach, and he reminded me a lot of what my family was trying to instill in me,” continued McBride. “The first few things he told me didn’t have to do with basketball. He told me about being a family man and being a great man within the community.”
Commodore fans can only hope to see Mcbride suit up for this coming 2021 season.