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The commitment craze took a few days off but on Monday, the first pledge of the new year came to fruition. Junior Lacedarius Dunn is off the board.

The Baylor Bears are the proud owners of a strong commitment from the Class of 2007. Lacedarius Dunn, a 6-foot-1 guard out of Monroe (La.) Excelsior Christian, pledge his allegiance to the program last weekend.

"I think for Lacedarius the recruiting process was kind of distracting and it's not something he wanted to drag on for another year," Louisiana Dream Team coach Eldon Pipes told Scout.com. "He's not a person who likes a whole lot of attention. He doesn't mind hanging out with his friends, but talking to adults all the time can be intimidating to him."

Mississippi State, Ole Miss, La.-Monroe, Louisiana Tech and LSU offered him early. According to Pipes, Dunn has had just 3 games under 30 points so far this season for his high school squad.

"They'll play him at the one or two. He played AAU this summer and he's always played the point. With the Jazz he ran the two position and I think that's when they realized he shot very well. He could do either or, he handles the ball well and he's a good floor general.

"He has a real good mid-range game and I think that's the strongest part of his game. He shoots it very well."

The Bears, who will play their initial game of the season Jan. 11 against Texas Tech, had time to work on recruiting and effort they put into Dunn was not only noticed but applauded.

"I've never had anyone work as hard as the staff at Baylor as far as selling their program," Pipes said. "Anybody who works that hard overcoming what they've overcome has the makings of a strong program. They work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They sell their program."

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