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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Isaiah West, Malik Presley announce transfer portal entries

Vanderbilt lost two of its three remaining freshmen to the portal on Tuesday.
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Vince Lin
Isaiah West goes for a contested layup, as photographed on Jan. 17, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Vince Lin)

Vanderbilt lost two more players to the transfer portal on Tuesday afternoon, as G Isaiah West and G/F Malik Presley both announced their intentions to enter the transfer portal via X.

With the announcements, Vanderbilt has now lost four of its five freshmen from the 2023 class to the transfer portal, as West and Presley will join Jason Rivera-Torres and Carter Lang as potential departures. While it is currently unknown if any of the four will withdraw from the portal, as it stands, former four-star JaQualon Roberts is the only current freshman slated to return to Vanderbilt.

Both former three-star recruits, West and Presley played sparingly as freshmen, averaging 13.4 and 11.8 minutes per game, respectively. West hit the ground running as a Commodore, starting three of Vanderbilt’s first four games and adding a season-high 12 points in a win over Central Arkansas, but saw his minutes dwindle as the Commodores entered SEC play.

The opposite was true for Presley, who struggled to find the court early on but proved to be a contributor down the stretch for Vanderbilt. The freshman played double-digit minutes in a number of Vanderbilt’s games to close the season, including a 21-minute, 11-point performance against Auburn and a 29-minute, 8-point contribution against Arkansas in the SEC Tournament.

With head coach Mark Byington now leading the Commodores, the freshman duo will look to head elsewhere for their sophomore seasons.

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Anish Mago
Anish Mago, Former Deputy Sports Editor
Anish Mago ('24) is from West Windsor, N.J., and is studying economics and political science in the College of Arts and Science. He previously served as a staff writer for the Sports section. When not writing for The Hustler, Anish enjoys playing basketball and rooting for all Philly sports. He can be reached at .
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Vince Lin, Deputy Videography Editor
Vince Lin (‘27) is from Zanesville, Ohio, and is majoring in computer science. Vince also serves as a graphics and photography staffer. Outside of school, you can find him at the gym, rowing, lifting weights, playing games with friends or sleeping. You can reach him at [email protected].
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