Meet Baylor basketball's newcomers

Baylor basketball welcomes four new contributors this season. Here's a first look at how the new guys might fit in.

Baylor basketball comes into the season with an experienced squad ranked No. 21 in the country. However, the Bears are also expected to introduce a couple of new faces who could contribute early.

The Bears put a premium on picking up a couple of elite scorers from around the state of Texas. Here’s a first look at the new talent.

G King McClure

School: Triple A Academy

Ht/Wt: 6-foot-3/200 pounds

2014-15 stats: 32.1 PPG, 65.1% FG, 48.8% 3P, 7.7 RPG, 3.6 APG, 4.7 SPG

Other offers: Kansas, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas

King McClure was one of the most electric players in high school basketball last season and has the video game numbers to prove it. McClure was one of the top scorers in the state of Texas with his 32.1 points per game, but did it with chilling efficiency. Perhaps his best performance came against Dallas Carter, when he scored 51 points on a mind-boggling 17-for-20 from the 3-point line. Yeah, really.

McClure is one of the stronger guards in his class and had the ability to either bully his way to the basket or knock down deep jumpers. He mentioned that he has had to work on his defense and conditioning coming from a school where he was allowed to only focus on scoring.

McClure was also dealing with a heart condition, but it should not be an issue this season. He will assuredly compete for a starting spot.

G Jake Lindsey

School: Olympus High School (UT)

Ht/Wt: 6-foot-5/190 pounds

2014-15 stats: 24.1 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.9 SPG

Other offers: Harvard, Louisiana-Lafayette, Tulsa, St. Mary’s

Jake Lindsey officially came from Utah, but has deep roots in the state of Texas. He went to school at Clark high School in San Antonio his freshman year. But when his dad, former Baylor basketball player Dennis Lindsey, took the general manager job of the Utah Jazz, Jake moved out to Salt Lake City.

As you would expect from a general manager’s son, Lindsey is a steady presence who has great feel for the game on both sides of the floor. He was a scorer in Utah, but is currently competing for time at the backup point guard spot for Baylor. Teammates have said he has great passing instincts and a consistent 3-point stroke to match. He has the tools to get some limited time right away.

G Wendell Mitchell

School: Rockdale High School

Ht/Wt: 6-foot-3/180 pounds

2014-15 stats: 29.7 PPG, 54.9% FG, 38.1% 3P, 6.1 RPG, 5.0 APG, 4.3 SPG

Other offers: Kansas State, Maryland, SMU

Baylor put together a class of scorers, and Wendell Mitchell is in the conversation to be the best. He led the state in scoring with 1,010 points during his senior season and won District 23-3A MVP in three straight seasons. Mitchell is a shifty scorer who can either shiftily get to the rim or stroke the long ball. He was able to do both at Rockdale High School to massive success.

Mitchell is still on the skinny side for a guard and will likely need to put on some weight over the next few months. However, he also has the potential to be one of the future top scorers on this team. Mitchell just needs some time to develop and should have a chance in this guard rotation.

F JO ACUIL

School: Neosho CC

Ht/Wt: 7-foot/210 pounds

2014-15 stats: 20.1 PPG, 61.7% FG, 11.2 RPG, 4.7 BPG

Other offers: LSU, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Texas A&M

Jo Acuil (whose name is pronounced ah-CHU-ill) is a big man from South Sudan by way of Melbourne, Australia. He was rated the No. 1 junior college player in the country by some outlets and was consensus top five. At seven feet tall, Acuil takes pride in being a basket protector and shot blocker on the defensive end of the floor.

He also has the ability to score either inside or out and has range out to the 3-point line. If he can get stronger, he will be able to make a big impact on both ends of the floor in a way fellow Australian big man Deng Deng could not last season.

Acuil is currently undergoing testing for potential heart issues. He will most likely miss non-conference play.


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