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Class of 2012 star commits to Baylor

Posted on: August 9, 2010 10:03 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 10:07 pm

Class of 2012 standout Isaiah Austin committed to Baylor during Monday's adidas Nations broadcast on CBS College.

Austin is from Arlington, Texas. ranks the 7-foot center as the second-best prospect nationally in the Class of 2012. He chose Scott Drew's Bears over Arizona, Houston, Oklahoma State, and Texas.

Austin is the first elite prospect from the Class of 2012 to offer a commitment.

The earliest he'll be allowed to sign a national letter of intent with Baylor is November 2011.

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2010 5:33 pm

Class of 2012 star commits to Baylor

I'm not a Baylor fan, but I'm all for kids picking the right school for their individual situation. 
And wanting to win a championship should not mean having to pick only from the good-ol-boys club of select schools who usually win it.  College athletics SHOULD be about the competition and challenge, not ganging up with the other elite players to gaurantee a title (a-la Lebron).

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2010 7:34 pm

Class of 2012 star commits to Baylor

The Ville 3 ?    I'm not sure exactly what you're talking about.   Baylor is starting it's own tradition, especially the last 3 years.  Next year is the first year that Drew doesn't have NCAA sanctions limiting his recruiting.   Can you imagine how good his recruits will be in 2011 & 2012, especialy since he pulled in the # 7 national recruit this year, has the # 2 recruit for 2012 all while being handcuffed due to past penalties from what happened at Baylor in 2004.   

Baylor has won over 21 games the last 3 years.  Made the Elite 8 this year and was one or two calls away from the Final Four.  All with a team of average recruits from the previous 4 years.  Drew does what very few coaches can with a program.   He creates an exciting atmosphere for his players and fans, and has FUN while doing it.   Have you watched his teams play, the players have so much fun, it's exciting to watch.  

Plus - last year they only played on ESPN - 3 times, the new schedule just came out and they are scheduled to play on ESPN or ESPN 2 - 10 TIMES.   That doesn't include early season tournament games or Big 12 games Network games.   . I'd say Austin made a very wise choice going to one of the best Academic schools in the south and his family only has to drive 90 minutes to the games.    Lets support kids with their decisions.    I bet people were saying the same thing about kids who were going to Duke & North Carolina back in the late 70's and '80's before they became big time programs.  

What makes this even sweeter is Mr. Austin chose Baylor over Texas which as we all know is in Austin....Not only does Baylor blow out Texas the last 4 times they've played them, they win over their big time recruit w/ the same last name.   Keep it up Drew (and staff)   

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2010 6:08 pm

Class of 2012 star commits to Baylor

Kansas may have been the best but when tourney time comes the only team that can be #1 is the Champion. And the only teams with a case to be #2 are the teams that lost to them on the way. So Duke, Butler West Virginia would all fit as #2 candidates. #3 is more wide open. And you can't go team by team with Kansas State there. If you only think that way you will get stuck in a loop in lots of situations.

Since: Aug 10, 2010
Posted on: August 10, 2010 5:31 pm

Class of 2012 star commits to Baylor

How can you say that. I'm sure people were looking at kids signing with Butler the same way 2 years ago, and they JUST missed winning it all over the "Great" Duke tradition.  I live by Valparaiaso, Indiana, you go Coach Drew

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2010 4:39 pm

Class of 2012 star commits to Baylor

Sorry LAOJoe. I don't know how you could make an argument for Baylor being better than Kansas State. KSU was 2-0 against Baylor. And you can't count out teams like Kansas and Kentucky who made unlucky early round exits. I still think Kansas was the best team in the country, with Kentucky close behind, then maybe Duke.

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2010 2:35 pm

Class of 2012 star commits to Baylor

I realize Baylor has a NICE run last year - but so did George Mason for one year too ....

Coach Drew is showing he can certainly recruit - but Baylor fans with this success - a bigger school will be coming in soon to take the prize - it is just how it works.

Congrats Baylor fans.  This type of momentum would certainly make me happy.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: August 10, 2010 12:02 pm

Class of 2012 star commits to Baylor

The reason is that the kid has a very good school 90 minutes from home and his family can come watch him regularly.  Texas is three kours away and kansas is about 12.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2010 11:49 am

Class of 2012 star commits to Baylor

Should "winning a National Championship" really be a kid's goal?  Is it really even an accomplishment if everybody goes to the same five schools?

I mean, honestly, shouldn't they do what is best for their career?  You're an absolute idiot if you think that a kid should turn down millions of dollars in the spirit of amatuer competition or something.  If a guy is ready, he's ready.  Also, having family in Valparaiso, I can tell you that Scott Drew is one of the best guys in college coaching.  He is a good man that comes from a good family.  What he has done at Baylor is nothing short of the best coaching job in the nation.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2010 11:43 am

Class of 2012 star commits to Baylor

Baylor played Duke as good as Butler did, so Baylor could have been the 2nd best team (at the right time) in the NCAA last year.  This is not your dad's Baylor basketball tream.

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2010 10:55 am

Class of 2012 star commits to Baylor

The Ville did you not see Baylor last year. They could have arguably been the 3rd best team behind Duke and Butler.

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