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Jordan Vandenberg - C, 7'1, 245
Signed in Japan - Signed with Nishinomiya Storks
       Date of birth: 03/25/1990
       Country: Australia
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2014
     Out of: North Carolina State
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Left

23rd October, 2014 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with New York.
25th October, 2014 NBA Waived by New York.
30th October, 2014 D-League Designated as an allocated player by Westchester Knicks.
22nd December, 2014 D-League Waived by Westchester Knicks.
5th March, 2015 Australia Signed a one season contract with Bendigo Braves.
7th January, 2016 Australia Signed for the remainder of the season with Sydney Kings.
29th March, 2016 Australia Signed a one season contract with Sandringham Sabres.
27th October, 2016 Japan Signed a one season contract with Nishinomiya Storks.
19th July, 2017 Japan Re-signed by Nishinomiya Storks to a one year contract.
When: Where:
2009 - 2014 North Carolina State (NCAA)
July 2014 New York Knicks (Summer League)
October 2014 New York Knicks (NBA)
October 2014 - December 2014 Westchester Knicks (D-League)
March 2015 - September 2015 Bendigo Braves (Australia, SEABL)
January 2016 - March 2016 Sydney Kings (Australia)
March 2016 - September 2016 Sandringham Sabres (Australia, SEABL)
October 2016 - present Nishinomiya Storks (Japan, D2/D1)
From blog:

   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 1: NCAA Centres

Jordan Vandenberg is a must see, it seems.

Jordan Vandenberg, North Carolina State, Senior, 7'1 245lbs

2013/14 stats: 22.1 mpg, 4.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.4 bpg, 1.0 apg, 0.3 spg, 3.2 fpg, 0.6 TOpg, 68.0% FG, 52.2% FT

Vandenberg was a useful but frustrating presence in his five years with NC State, a tantalising prospect who never developed and who only ever offered glimpses of what he could be. Never all that dependable, Vandenberg barely played at all for the first four years of his Wolfpack career (including redshirting his true freshman season), and managing only 430 minutes across the four of them. The stats above are as good as it got. That said, as a senior, Vandenberg performed a role.

That role was a defensive one. 7'1, athletic and mobile, Vandenberg is at times a pest at the rim, an intimidating force for opposing guards to take the ball at. Although his man to man defense in the post is less effective given his lack of core strength and penchant for fouling, Vandenberg is springy and mobile, a deterrent around the rim and as a help defender.

Offensively, however, Vandenberg remains highly limited. Aside from a very occasional short lefty jumpshot, everything is taken from a range topping out at one foot, and normally off of the work of others. Vandenberg is not a post up creator at all, and indeed shies away from post play and contact in general. His uses offensively come from occasional offensive rebounds (something he is not actually all that good at), dunks from drop-off passes, the occasional pick-and-roll play, and lob passes. Vandenberg is extremely efficient from the field and keeps turnovers down, but only at the cost of normally being no threat at all on offense. He cannot handle, post, create, shoot with range, shoot from the line, take contact, or even pass that will. He is certainly willing to pass given that it beats taking contact, yet he is more of a willing passer than he is a capable one. His strengths lie on the defensive end, and even they are limited.

Vandenberg, then, remains a project. As an upperclassmen, he shed lots of weight and had some moments as a rebounder, shotblocker and deterrent, yet there remain big holes in the skillset. More worrying are the inconsistencies, injury history and foul rates, which remain like those of a freshman. (And so do the nature of the fouls - the bumping of cutters, the needless grabs, the moving screens, leaving his feet every time.)

It took a long time for Vandenberg to show anything, and when he did, he showed there was still a lot to do. Whoever takes him on is (or should be) taking on a long term commitment. Nevertheless, if he can continue the improvements he did at least start to make, whoever takes him on will be getting that rarest of beasts - an athletic 7 footer.

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