Baylor Recruiting Focus: Mark Vital

BearsIllustrated caught up with Southern Elite Basketball Coach Hellion "Boogie" Knight III, to get an update on Baylor 2016 commit, Mark Vital.

On September 3, 2013, Baylor Men's Basketball Coach Scott Drew, received his first commitment for the class of 2016, in Lake Charles (LA) Washington Marion High School SF/PF Mark Vital. Since that commitment, Vital has been very busy, as he transferred to Dallas (TX) Prime Prep Academy in early April, and is still a top performer on the Southern Elite AAU Basketball team. BearsIllustrated caught up with Vitals AAU Coach, Hellion "Boogie" Knight III, to get an update on Marks move to Prime Prep, as well as his busy summer circuit in AAU ball.

What has the transition been like for Mark, since transferring to Prime Prep?

Mark transferred to Prime Prep Academy in April of 2014. The move has been great for Mark, because it allows him to get out of his comfort zone, in Lake Charles, to a place where he can focus primarily on school, and then basketball without any distractions. Also, it is great preparation in order for him to grow as a young individual, become independent, responsible, and adjust to what life will be when he steps foot on the Baylor campus.

What can you tell Baylor fans about Marks game?

Mark is an amazing athlete and great in the transition game, where he excels the most. He attacks the basket fearlessly, and plays above the rim. With his new move, outside of school work, Mark is putting in time to correct shooting mechanics, gain confidence as a shooter and ball handler, as well as being a student of the game and learning all he can about the mental side.

What has Mark been up to this summer?

So far this summer, Mark has played on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit with Southern Elite. He showed signs of struggle early on, but once he made his move and started working, he showed how good he really can be at Adidas Gauntlet in Indianapolis, IN, as he netted several double digit scoring games, along with two 20+ point performances and a game of 23 points and 10 rebounds!

Mark was invited to the Pangos All-American camp. What was that like?

Mark got invited to the Pangos All-American camp in Long Beach, CA. early this summer where he had a good showing. Still sharpening his other tools, he played to his strengths and pretty much dominated competition. Mark left Pangos with an overall #18 camp ranking regardless of classification, #3 overall player ranking for 2016, #2 SF regardless of classification, and #1 SF in class of 2016. Mark was also nominated to play in the Pangos Cream Of The Crop Top 60 game. After a great weekend at Pangos, Mark was selected to play for the American U20 USA Elite Team in France, June 14-23! Mark was the youngest player selected to compete, being that all players, minus 2 including Mark, are all college basketball players.

Talk a little about Mark's relationship with the Baylor Coaches.

We all love the coaching staff and the atmosphere they provide. It's not far from home, and they provide their players with first class treatment. Coach Drew and Coach Tang are beyond amazing people and the kind of coaches he'll thrive under. Coach Drew has also had great productions from his recent guards, which is a plus. As for me, I'm happy he committed for all of these reasons and many more!

BearsIllustrated will continue to keep in touch with Coach Knight III to see how Vital's summer is going. Join us Inside the Den for coverage of Men's Basketball and more!


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