Baylor basketball received a commitment from four-star guard Tyson Jolly on Wednesday, the third in its class of 2016. Jolly joins fall signees Nuni Omot and Mark Vital.
Jolly is a physical shooting guard originally from Oklahoma City. He played one postgraduate season at ELEV|8 Academy in Florida last season and will join the Bears this fall. Jolly committed after visiting Baylor University last weekend.
“I actually saw a lot of stuff I didn’t know about,” Jolly said. “I didn’t know the campus was that nice. The players seemed to love the school. They loved how Coach Drew was all about opportunity -- if you’re able to do something, you should be able to go out and do it.”
Jolly is the only backcourt player in this class and will be expected to play shooting guard at the next level. His game is built on his ability to get to the basket and finish through traffic at a high level, which should fit well in Scott Drew’s system.
“I think my game fits perfectly,” Jolly said. “I’m good off the pick-and-roll. I like attacking the basket, being aggressive, dunking on people. I should be one of the bigger shooting guards for Baylor next season.”
Jolly originally signed a letter of intent with Cal, but was released for a couple of different issues, including uncertainty surrounding a lack of extension for coach Cuonzo Martin.
“It was really uncertainty about the head coach,” Jolly said. “Cal wanted me to take some more junior college classes and retake an ACT. We couldn’t afford to take those classes, it would have been another $1,000. It just ended up not being the right fit.”
Baylor did not originally reach out, as Jolly’s first exposure came at the Tarkanian Classic on the West coast. For that reason, most of his original offers were from the Pac-12. But just three days after he was released from his letter, Baylor’s staff was in touch.
“Coach Drew flew out to see my mom and coach [Paul] Mills saw me in Florida,” Jolly said. “Coach Drew made me a priority. He talked to me every day -- my parents, my grandma, we built a relationship. Coming and seeing the relationship he has with his players, it felt like it was real and not just for recruiting.”
Jolly’s commitment will not become official for two more weeks, but he is shutting down his recruitment.