In-Depth Look - Baylor Basketball

Over the last few weeks, the Baylor Men's Basketball program has secured three verbal commitments. Take a look at the three new players for Scott Drew.

The Baylor men's basketball program had gone almost 4 full months since their last commitment (4-star shooting guard Allerik Freeman for the 2013 class) and had no players lined up for the 2014 classes or beyond. These were troubling times in Waco indeed. However, the last week of August and the first week of September had a flurry of verbal commitments for the Bears, getting two commitments for the 2014 class and a big-time verbal for the 2016 class.

BearsIllustrated.com, spoke with Scout.com National Analyst Evan Daniels, mined scouting reports and scoured the World Wide Web to get the best information we could on these three new Baylor Bears.

 

Terry Maston – Class of 2014

3-Star Power Forward

6-foot-8, 210 pounds

Desoto High School, Desoto, TX

Other Offers: SMU, Marquette, Miami, and Oregon

Maston is a skilled post player with a good jump shot within 16 feet. He is a solid athlete but it would be a stretch to call him explosive. He will hold his own athletically against most players, but won't dominate at the major college level.

He is a good finisher around the rim and has a soft touch. He runs the floor well for a player his size, and can finish on the break. More of a dunker in the open court, but won't get the ball down low or rebound it and dunk it. He will get put-backs, just not the violent dunking type Bear fans have become accustomed to with Cory Jefferson and Quincy Acy.

The soon to be senior has really come on of late and has a strong body. He will help the Bears on the glass as he is a good rebounder. He is not a back to the basket guy that you can throw the ball to and get points.

Maston currently plays for Team Texas Elite on the AAU circuit and has played well this summer, averaging 12.8 points per game, .7 blocks, 1.3 assists and a team leading 7.9 rebounds in over 24.1 minutes per game. He plays alongside top 2015 recruit Elijah Thomas in the post, a 5-star center out of Prime Prep Academy in Dallas. While he might not immediately play a lot of minutes for the Bears, he is a very solid 3-4 year player who should develop well with the Baylor coaching staff. Maston is more than likely just outside of the top 100 recruits, but could sneak into the back 20.

Damiyne Durham – Class of 2014

NR Shooting Guard

6-foot-4, 175 pounds

Oakwood High School, Oakwood, TX

Other Offers: Auburn, DePaul, Kansas State, Marquette, Memphis, Texas, Texas A & M.

Year

Class

Games

PPG

FG%

3PT%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TPG

2011-2012

SO

25

23.6

55%

33%

62%

10.4

2.2

2.6

1.6

1.92

2012-2013

JR

22

27.7

44%

32%

69%

8%

2%

4%

1

2.1

There is not a ton of information on the senior for the Oakwood Panthers, a 1-A school in east Texas. He is a shooter that is capable of getting hot and taking over a game, but isn't a consistently great shot maker from deep. He will get better with time and practice, as he is asked to carry the scoring load for his high school. Durham is listed at 6-foot-4 or even 6-foot-5 but is still very slight at just 175 pounds. Looks and plays slender. Has the height for a pure wing scorer, but is more likely a shooting guard, at least when he first steps on campus.

Durham is a quick player who loves playing in the open court, and can score at all three levels (at the basket, mid-range, and 3-point range). He has very good athleticism and uses it well to get to the rim and to finish with strength. With a slender frame, he might not be able to put enough weight on to play small forward, but he has strong enough handles to stay at the 2-guard position. While currently unranked, he projects to be a solid 3-star recruit, and someone that will rise in the next rankings and could climb into the Top 75-100 players.

Mark Vital – Class of 2016

NR Shooting Guard

6-foot-4, 215 pounds

Washington/Marion Magnet High School, Lake Charles, LA

Other Offers: Western Kentucky

Year

Class

Games

PPG

FG%

3PT %

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TPG

2012-2013

FR

30

13.4

N/A

N/A

43%

2

0.4

0.5

0

0.3

Don't worry about the lack of offers. This is a kid that will be a sophomore this coming season. He might not have the offer list yet, but he sure has the production and attributes you look for in a Top 25 national prospect. Vital is a strong athletic wing that excels at taking the ball to the basket on the break. He is an explosive jumper and dunker. Right now, he is more of a slashing small forward than a shooting guard. Vital though wants to be known for more than just his dunking.

Vital is also very long with huge hands, meaning he probably isn't done growing yet. He could get up to 6-foot-6 or even a little taller by the time he enrolls at a college. The strength of his game is attacking off of the dribble from either the baseline or the wing. He is not a strong shooter at this point, especially from 3-point range. He does have a nice high release and most believe that with age and practice can improve that aspect of his game.

When he goes into the lane, he is not looking to pass or to go with a layup; he is looking to dunk and do it with authority. Vital uses his length well at times on defense, though his footwork needs to improve. He is a high effort and energy guy, but sometimes appears to be doing something just to do it, rather than having a clear purpose.

Vital projects to be a high 4 or even 5 star recruit. He is a Top-25 national guy for the 2016 class, but there is still a long way to go until he will step foot on a college campus as a freshman. He is one of the top players in Louisiana and will look to grow as a player in the coming years.


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