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The Baylor Bears have recently had their fair share of talented frontier forwards. They acquired Ekpe Udoh a transfer from Michigan and newly acquired McDonald's All-American Perry Jones.
With the notion that Perry Jones will be a one-and-done player, the Bears will need to look for another frontier force.
So far in the 2011 class, the Bears acquired a verbal commitment from small forward Quevyn Winters with a lot of others still considering the program.
However, in the 2012 class, the Bears seem to be frontrunners for a very special player.
The buzz around Isaiah Austin this summer has been everything but bad—unless you mention the 'dunk face' by LeBryan Nash. Either way it goes, Austin has looked so good this summer that many scouts peg him as one of the best in the 2012 class.
He has the ability to shoot the basketball, ranging to almost 20 feet. By the way, did I mention he was 7-foot tall?
He has beneficial length. He almost has the skill set of a guard. He sees the whole floor when operating. His ability to pass the ball and see over the defense helps his game a lot. His ball-handling skills work well outside of the paint when driving to the cup.
On defense, he can snatch down rebounds and lead the break. Not to mention, block, alter and defend well by keeping his hands up in the post.
He has the decision to bring that to Arizona, Baylor, Connecticut, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Anonymous sources and fans feel he is leaning towards Baylor more than any school. I agree with the fans when I say Austin should choose Baylor.
Baylor's Head Coach Scott Drew received the job after a scandal and had to rebuild the program. However, that didn't seem like a problem because he has pulled together three straight 20-win seasons with the Bears. Not to mention, he has brought in Stargell Love a great guard prospect along with Jones who is the highest rated recruit in history.
There is also this thing we call improvement as well. Udoh the former Baylor Bear spent two years with the Michigan Wolverines. If I was to add the stats up for both of those years and compare them to the year he had last season, it wouldn't look better.
Last season, Udoh jumped from scoring around 5.5 points a game to 13.9; from rebounding the ball 4.5 times to 9.8; to dishing out .8 assist per game to 2.7, you get the point?
Joining Baylor will not only help the Bears but Austin as well. Under Coach Drew, Austin will have a chance to blossom on a National Stage and do what he pleases. As you can see Coach Drew loves athletic frontier players that can play basketball.
Udoh was the star last year, Jones will be the star this year and once the 2012 recruiting is done, if Austin does chose Baylor he will have the chance to be the star.
Don't get too excited Baylor fans; he does still like Kentucky and the other programs he is considering. We'll never know until 7:45 Eastern Time.
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