BearsIllustrated Basketball Roundtable 4/8

The BearsIllustrated and Scout basketball analyst take a look at who is the most important piece of the 2015 class for the Baylor Bears.

With the end of the basketball season upon us, BearsIllustrated and Scout.com basketball analysts take a look at the 2015 class and share with us who they think is the most important piece of the 2015 class, for Scott Drew and Baylor basketball.

Rob Harrington, National Basketball Recruiting Analyst - Scout.com

I'm very high on the potential of Wendell Mitchell. He's a player I believe would be a legitimate inclusion in the national top 100, despite the fact that he's a very small wing. But for college, player like Mitchell have proved they can be highly successful. Pairing him with a point guard would make sense — and obviously some defensive issues could arise if the point guard also lacks size — but Wendell is such a dynamite scorer and creates his own offense, I think the risks are worth it. I expect him to surprise people from day one.

Tim Watkins, Publisher - BearsIllustrated.com

With a talented four-man class on their way to Waco for the 2015-16 season, and two key starters needing to be replaced, there is a good chance at least a few of the newcomers makes a large impact from the start of the season. With the Bears losing two double digit scorers and primary ball-handlers in Royce O'Neale and Kenny Chery, one of the three incoming guards seems to be the likely spot to find the most important recruit.

With scoring at the forefront, give me 4-star shooting guard Wendell Mitchell. He is a volume scorer, with 3-point range and the ability to really spread the defense out. That is imporant as the Bears are losing 101 made 3-pointers last year between O'Neale and Chery. Mitchell has the talent and the shooting stroke to take on a large chunk of that, maybe as the first guard off of the bench. With Taurean Prince also likely to move into the starting lineup at small forward, the Bears will also need more scoring punch from their reserves, another task that the 6-foot-2 Mitchell could handle.

Ryan Resch, Basketball Contributor - BearsIllustrated.com

It may seem like the obvious choice, but King McClure stands out in this class. Rankings aside, McClure's offensive efficiency (especially three-point shooting) makes him invaluable for next season's Baylor squad that is losing two of its more consistent offensive players (Chery and O'Neale). Additionally, McClure's ability to slash and drive the basketball to the rim will give Scott Drew another facet to work with on the offensive end.

McClure's versatility in playing both guard positions should also give Baylor fans some relief, as the point guard position will not be lacking for depth after the loss of senior Kenny Chery. On top of that, McClure's length should also provide yet another boost to Baylor's vaunted zone defense, with his sizable wingspan helping to close the gaps on the perimeter and force more turnovers.

Shehan Jeyarajah, Basketball Contributor - BearsIllustrated.com

When Baylor basketball fell in the NCAA Tournament, one thing became clear: it lacked a dominant guard. Kenny Chery was very solid throughout his career and Lester Medford showed potential, but Scott Drew really lacked quality players who could handle the ball behind these two.

Enter King McClure.

The Triple A Academy stud averaged 32.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.7 steals and 3.7 assists and shot an otherworldly 65 percent from the field. Baylor is losing Kenny Chery and Royce O'Neale, two of the best three-point shooters in the Big 12. McClure can fill that role as a freshman. He's slightly undersized for a shooting guard, but McClure's strength, ball-handling and silky-smooth jump shot set him apart as a prospect.


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