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Baylor lands two more elite prospects

Posted on: October 21, 2010 7:16 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2010 7:19 pm
Summer teammates Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello -- two consensus top 50 prospects from the Class of 2011 -- verbally committed to Baylor on Thursday and made it clear that Scott Drew's program won't suffer in recruiting because of recent negative headlines. ranks Miller, a 6-foot-9 forward, No. 4 in the class.

Bello, a 6-4 combo guard, is No. 45.

Miller's commitment means Baylor will likely have a signee in the McDonald's All-American game for the second consecutive season considering Perry Jones, now a freshman on campus, made it last March. It's also worth noting that Isaiah Austin, a 7-0 center from the Class of 2012, should make it three straight McDonald's All-Americans next year. ranks him No. 2 in the class of 2012. He's already committed to Baylor.

Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 3:46 pm

Baylor lands two more elite prospects

Good to see Big 12 schools, who have not been traditional basketball and football powerhouses, improving their programs.Laughing

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2010 10:00 pm

Baylor lands two more elite prospects

No disrespect to the Baylor basketball program, but it doesn't make sense that the #4 and #42 rank players in the country leave the state of North Carolina to play for Baylor.  Has this NBA player ever been to Chapel Hill, Winston Salem, Durham or Raleigh?  Those places are much more impressive.  You're right about the women, but Baylors basketball facilities and program don't rank in the Top 8 of the Big 12 and that isn't just an opinion - it's a given!  These kids moving out of North Carolina to play at Baylor is comparable to a country music singer moving from Nashville to Alaska to showcase his talent.  Congratulations to Baylor, but it just doesn't make sense!

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:45 pm

Baylor lands two more elite prospects

There are definitely some ignorant "opinions" on this thread.  I toured Baylor's facilities recently with a guy that played pro basketball for over 15 years.  He was impressed by what he saw.  Their practice facility is as good as any in the country.  Baylor just added a state of the art $4 million scoreboard system in the Ferrell Center and other major upgrades are on the way.  The campus is beautiful.  Some of the best looking women in the world.  At 15,000 students it is not small but not overwhelming either like most state schools. 

Players love to play for Drew.  A first round pick in the NBA draft that played for a big 12 team told me that if he had it to do over again he would have played for Self or Drew.

It is the greatest reclamation job in college basketball history.  And it didn't happen overnight.  Eight years of hard work.  It proves that if you approach your job with passion and work hard to improve every day, you can accomplish great things.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2010 7:50 pm

How much money did that cost the alums?

Does anyone find it odd that the #2 ranked HS player in 2010 and a Top 10 and Top 50 player in the class of 2011 are attending Baylor?  Could it be these kids are just highly religious or is there another form of motivation?  Yes, I've been to the Farrell Center, which would rank last in the Big 12 South in beauty, atmosphere, and size.  Only Colorado and maybe Nebraska would be worse in the entire conference.  They have zero basketball tradition and their fan support is shaddy at best.  There is no logical reason for 2 Top 10 basketball recruits to attend Baylor unless their Daddy was the coach, and even he would probably want what was best for his children and guide them elsewhere.  Where there's smoke there's fire, and the Farrell Center is burning!  It's a page taken out of Calipari's book and these infractions would even make him blush!

Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2010 7:23 pm

Baylor lands two more elite prospects

Two elite kids from North Carolina who don't end up at Duke, State, UNC, Wake or Davidson? Surely nothing bad will come of this.

Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2010 3:49 pm

Baylor lands two more elite prospects

there is nothing "phenominal" about that campus other than I35 is easy to see when your ready to get out of town. And I think
by starting over in Waco, they were refering to criminals on probation because Waco has the highest crime rate per capita in Texas

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2010 6:16 am

Baylor lands two more elite prospects

They are one-and-done players (at least in the Miller case) and they probably anticipate that there will be no probation until next year anyway.

Miller's choice was UK at first but UK apparently backed out because Wiltjer committed to UK along with Davis who both play the PF position.  That left him a choice between a school that is going on probation (Baylor) or a school that is going nowhere (Louisville).  He figured that he could step in and win right away at Baylor along with the solid returning case (Dunn and Jones) and his best buddy Bello.

Assuming that there is some kind of "reward" for them is purely speculative, and I would not even go there.  Many assume that Cal pay for athletes to come to UK when anyone in his right mind knows that players recruit UK and not the other way round.  After all, UK is arguably the best college program ever that seems to have risen back to prominance after the dark years of Tubby Smith and Billy G.

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2010 6:10 am

Baylor lands two more elite prospects

ha ha ha ha (not funny)

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2010 5:15 am

Baylor lands two more elite prospects

Baylor has done very well with Drew's ability to get solid talent. But it is hard to see the reasons. Thye do play a fast, simple style that seems to be a step toward the pro game. And the coach seems to push his players without being over the top. But those look like the only reasons for top players to go to Baylor.

Anyone who says "It's one of the best campuses in the U.S." clearly has never been out of Waco. Not to say it's a BAD campus, just nothing special. Before some fool says somthing stupid, I don't care about any of the Big 12 teams. I have been to Baylor with friends to pick up their kids. And for a womens game or 2. The Baylor campus pales when placed along Duke, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Stanford and others for beauty. For Baptist, Wake Forest is better looking. Hard to place Baylor above SMU in Dallas.

And the city itself is just a sleepy little pitstop on I-35 that hardly is worth a second look. Good place to stay out of trouble because nothing happens there. Midway between Dallas and Austin is nice and quiet for someone starting over. But for a young man just starting, Waco is just slow. I don't know of anyone who goes there unless they grew up around there.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2010 10:28 pm

Baylor lands two more elite prospects

I'm not sure if you know what you're talking about.  I don't even know one rival who hates Baylor that would admit Baylor's campus isn't phenominal.  It's one of the best campuses in the U.S. 

I will agree with you about Waco. Although it was ranked in 2009 as one of the best cities to 'start over' by CNN & Fortune.

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