Deng Deng rings for Bears

Scott Drew lost Isaiah Austin to the NBA draft, creating an urgent need for additional frontcourt help.

Enter Deng Deng. A 6-8 forward, Deng chose Baylor over Nebraska, LSU and others. He spent the past two seasons at Lee (Texas) Junior College, where he impressed with both his scoring and rebounding production.

Deng confirmed his commitment on his Twitter account:

"After careful consideration I am taking my talents to Waco, TX and becoming member of the Baylor Basketball Sic 'em Bears."

A native of Sudan, Deng averaged more than 20 points this past season and will have two seasons of eligibility with the Bears. He originally committed to the Tigers a year ago (and would have had three years to play), but he matriculated for another season of junior college and thus will travel the more conventional path from juco to Division I.

Very few unsigned big men remain in the Class of 2014, and thus under the circumstances Baylor made out well. How quickly Deng can adjust to the rigors of the Big 12 — and beastly frontlines such as the one at Kansas — remains to be seen, but clearly the Bears are better with him than without him.

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