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News, notes and visits as Baylor Basketball Recruiting Gets Going

As recruiting picks up steam for the 2017 and 2018 classes, news and notes on key targets, and thoughts on the upcoming season.

The Baylor basketball season tips off in less than 2 months, as November 11th is fast approaching. The Bears also are starting to have visitors to campus.  One big visitor last weekend was Matthew Mayer, a 4-star small forward in the 2018 class.

Baylor has been on Mayer for a long time, and were thought to be in the lead.  Texas and Texas A&M are both involved now, and it appears that he is down to Baylor and the Aggies.  Not expected a quick decision here though, as Duke is lingering out there as a possible offer. The Bears currently have one commit for the 2018 class in Jeremiah Gambrell, a point guard out of Houston. 

In regards to the 2017 class, there are three guys the Baylor staff is prioritizing right now; Guard Jase Febres, center Ike Obiagu, and forward Nic Claxton. The Bears already have a commit for the 2017 class in 4-star forward Tristan Clark, who visited Baylor for the SMU weekend.

Jase Febres is expected to be on campus this coming weekend for the Oklahoma State. game.  Febres is down to Baylor, Houston, Stanford, Texas and Texas A&M.  The 4-star guard shot up the ranks after a strong summer in the Adidas Gauntlet.  Houston, with coach Kelvin Sampson, has been on him the longest and received his first visit this fall. He also visited Texas this month and had an in-home visit from the Stanford coaching staff.

7-footer Obiagu was also scheduled to visit the Bears this weekend, but has postponed that visit to October 15th now.  Baylor still feels good about their chances with Obiagu, even with the postponement of his visit.  He is worth the wait, as quite possible the best shot blocker in all of high school basketball this summer.

The third primary target for the Bears is 3-star forward Nic Claxton out of Greenville, South Carolina.  Claxton is a tremendous athlete and leaper.  He is also planning on visiting the Bears October 15th.

Baylor is looking for 1-2 more guys, depending on how attrition hits the Bears this offseason, and if any key players move on to the NBA or professional ranks. 

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