At 6’10” 235 lbs., Vernon has developed a reputation as one of the top shot blockers on the planet. His size, speed and strength, along with tremendous leaping ability and athleticism, enable him to be a force rebounding the ball and on the defensive side of the floor. Vernon is also a great target in transition, as he can catch and finish in traffic with authority. After participating in NBA Summer League with the Philadelphia 76'ers, NBA star Steph Curry labeled Vernon a "Dunking Machine" when they played together at the Golden State Warriors Veterans Camp in 2010. After being drafted 4th overall in the NBA Development League Draft, Vernon finished the 2010 season as one of the top shot-blockers in the NBADL, averaging 4.08 blocks per 48 minutes. Vernon finished the 2011-2012 Season with BC Kyiv in the Ukrainian Super League, where he was named Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 10 points, 8 rebounds and a league-leading 2.6 blocks in 24 minutes per game. His best game came against Mykolaiv, when he nearly had a triple double, scoring 22 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking 9 shots. In 2012-13, Vernon played in EuroCup competition for BC Khimik in Ukraine. His offensive game developed significantly and now includes a jump-hook that a top international scout compared to Hakeem Olajuwon's. Vernon has also developed a highly efficient mid-range jumper, which helped him play the "pick & pop" game in Europe. Vernon has participated in Free Agent Camps for the Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks & New York Knicks and he was invited to participate in NBA Summer League with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2012.