The temperatures are starting to warm up, and the school year is almost over in most areas. With that, comes Summer time and of course AAU basketball tours. Several key tours have already kicked off, with the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) already passing through Dallas and currently in Minneapolis. The Bears already have a commitment for the 2015 class from one of the top guards in the nation, but who else is looking at the Bears?
---King McClure got the ball rolling for the Baylor 2015 recruiting class. The 6-foot-3 guard from Dallas chose the Bears over SMU, Kansas, UCLA and Arkansas. PonyStampede.com caught up with McClure recently to discuss his decision. (McClure To Baylor, says SMU was "too close" - PonyStampede.com)
Baylor commit King McClure.
---McClure has been playing well this summer for the Texas Titans with this update from their stop in Virginia a few weeks ago: (EYBL Hampton: Day Two – Rob Harrington)
"This recent Baylor commitment is one of the strongest guards in attendance. Like many Lone Star hoops products over the years, McClure looks like he could star in either basketball or football. He's muscular and chiseled and utilizes his brawn to bully defenders on his way to the rim. He doesn't change direction all that well and is prone to offensive fouls, but the muscle and the attitude will serve him well. He also hit a couple threes during the game I watched and should become a multi-year starter for the Bears."
--McClure is thought of to be a key recruit for the 2015 class, due to his relationship with other star players. He is high school teammates with 5-star center Elijah Thomas and two top level recruits are his AAU teammates in 5-star center Tyler Davis and 4-star forward D.J. Hogg. Baylor is not thought of be in the mix for Thomas, but are heavily involved in both Davis and Hogg.
McClure told the SMU site "I'm trying to bring Tyler Davis and D.J. Hogg with me. Baylor has visited them both and they both really like Baylor a lot," McClure said. "It's just a matter of getting all of us to convince them to come. If Tyler comes, I'm pretty sure DJ will come, too." Needless to say, Bear fans should be rooting for McClure's success, as a 3-man class of McClure, Davis and Hogg would be a tremendous start to 2015.
---Tyler Davis spoke of that relationship and what he is looking for in a recent update with PonyStampede.com, saying that the Bears are "up there" on his list. (Davis Lists SMU as, "Right Up There" – PonyStampede.com)
"Baylor is close to home too so of course they're up there." Tyler Davis
---The Bears have offered 4-star post Henry Ellenson from Wisconsin, but he has not been mentioning them the past few weeks. He recently added offers from Duke, North Carolina and UCLA, and has appeared to move on. (Ellenson Offered – Evan Daniels)
---Allonzo Trier is another guy that the Bears were in on quite hard this time last year, but might be looking elsewhere now. The 6-foot-4 guard from Louisiana, a place that has treated the Bears very well in the Scott Drew era, profiles very similarly to commit King McClure, so Baylor might not have a place for him anymore. He is primarily looking at North Carolina State now. (Trier A Top Target – PackPride.com)
Plano West forward D.J. Hogg
---The combo wing-forward D.J. Hogg is a top level prospect for the Bears. The AAU teammate of Baylor commit King McClure, Hogg is a tremendous shooter and a guy that can stretch the defense as well as any in the country. Rob Harrington caught up with the 6-foot-7 wing player. (Hogg Wild – Rob Harrington)
---With the EYBL in Minneapolis this weekend, National Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow was on hand to see the action and give some thoughts on some of the best players in the nation. Here are a few of his breakdowns on Baylor relevant prospects: (EYBL Minneapolis: Day One – Brian Snow, EYBL Minneapolis: Day Two – Brian Snow)
Tyler Davis, C, Texas Titans – He is definitely not someone who gets it done in a flashy way, but Davis is extremely effective. The 6-foot-9 center has an unbelievable set of hands and a tremendous touch around the rim. He also knows how to carve out space and rebound well using his physicality. While he doesn't change ends great, Davis gives effort running the floor and was absolutely unstoppable all game long. His double-double was the difference maker as Davis helped his team pull away late.
Isaiah Briscoe, SG, NJ Playaz – Going against Blakeney was Briscoe, and after early foul trouble he really settled in to have an excellent game. Briscoe can really shoot it, but he is also excellent at using his strength and going to the rim. While he is not close to being a point guard, he does have decent feel, and made a few nice passes for easy jumpers to shooters. Add in that he is super competitive and Briscoe is one of the more talented scorers in the class.
KeVaughn Allen, SG, Team Penny – The future Florida Gator had a solid scoring game in an afternoon effort. Allen is someone who can really create his own shot, and then has the range and quick release to make defenses pay. Now he definitely needs to continue to work on his shot selection, but Allen has a lot of tools to work with.