Baylor Men's Basketball Early Season Preview

Bearsillstrated takes an early look at the 2015-2016 with this season preview of the Baylor Men's Basketball team.

In the spirit of sports journalism, check out BearsIllustrated’s Far Too Early 2015-16 Season Preview for Baylor Men’s Basketball.

Player Losses:

  • Kenny Chery, Point Guard: 11.3 ppg, 3.1 rbg, 4.1 apg
  • After a solid two-year stint for the Bears that reintroduced Baylor fans to the beauty of the midrange game, Chery graduates after helping lead his team to its first ever back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearance. The All Big 12 Second-Team member leaves open the potential for a new face at the point guard position.

  • Royce O’Neale, Small Forward/Guard: 10.1 ppg, 5.8 rbg 3.4 apg
  • Cory Jefferson, the graduating transfer from Denver epitomized the role of “glue guy” for the Bears. Filling up the stat book in almost every category on a daily basis, O’Neale’s ability mixed with his intangibles helped defy expectations this past season.

    Recruiting Gains:

  • Joseph Acuil, JuCo Power Forward/Center (7’0’’, 210 lbs)
  • Lacking true height this past season, Scott Drew added a long big man with the ability to score all over the floor in Acuil. In a similar vein to other JuCo transfers, Acuil will have two seasons of eligibility with the Bears and should fill an immediate need on both ends of the floor with his length.

  • Jake Lindsey, 3* Point Guard (6’5’’, 190 lbs)
  • With the build of a prototypical guard, Lindsey excels with a high basketball IQ and ability to feed his teammates on offense. The son of Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey, Lindsey also possessed strong ball handling skills and has a tight defensive presence.

  • King McClure, 4* Shooting Guard (6’3’’, 200 lbs)
  • While most of McClure’s attention comes from his efficient slashing and rim-finishing ability, McClure also has a nice midrange game that can help space the floor in the same way as Chery in seasons past. Even more interesting, however, may be the comparisons to McClure’s game by scouts as similar to Wayne Seldon and James Harden.

  • Wendell Mitchell, 3* Shooting Guard (6’3’’, 175 lbs)
  • A well rounded two guard, Mitchell can knock down a shot from anywhere on the floor when in rhythm. Baylor fans will note also that Mitchell brings with him a strong competitive attitude and a fierce drive that shows on every play.

    Current 2015-16 Roster:

    • Joseph Acuil, Forward (Junior) • Deng Deng, Forward (Senior) • Al Freeman, Guard (RS Sophomore) • Rico Gathers, Forward (Senior) • John Heard, Forward (Senior) • Jake Lindsey, Guard (Freshman) • T.J. Maston, Forward (Sophomore) • King McClure, Guard (Freshman) • Lester Medford, Guard (Senior) • Austin Mills, Guard (Senior) • Wendell Mitchell, Guard (Freshman) • Johnathan Motley, Forward (RS Sophomore) • Taurean Prince, Forward (Senior) • Ishmail Wainright, Guard/Forward (Junior)

    Rotation Prediction:

    • Point Guard: Lester Medford
    • Shooting Guard: King McClure
    • Small Forward: Taurean Prince
    • Power Forward: Rico Gathers
    • Center: Joseph Acuil
    • Sixth Man: Ishmail Wainright
    • Next Man Up: Johnathan Motley

    Transfer News:

    Few topics run rampant throughout the college basketball offseason as the ever-increasing number of transfer players each year. As one of the most talented recruiters in the country, Scott Drew is no stranger to the transfer game and seems to be looking at adding depth to the point guard position. Recent news shows the Bears going after veteran guards such as Manu Lecomte (Joined the Bears, but will sit out the 2015-16 season)(Miami), Dylan Ennis (since committed to play at Oregon) (Villanova), Anthony Collins (USF), and Ricky Tarrant (Alabama). All four guards look to fill the hole left by Chery at the starting point guard position or, at the very least, provide support to Lester Medford.

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