Dave Telep is a voting member for the McDonald's All-American Game, the Naismith High School Award, and is a member of the United States Basketball Writers Association. He took the time to answer some questions about Baylor men's basketball.
QUESTION: Scott Drew and staff have recruited well these past
2 seasons, can you talk a little bit about 2 of their
signees Josh Lomers (Boerne,Tx), and McDonald's
All-America Demond "Tweety" Carter?
ANSWER: With Lomers and Carter you have a combination of size
and scoring. In
college basketball, you simply can't find guys with
the kind of size that
Lomers brings to the table. Carter is a bucket maker:
the guy knows his way
to the bottom of the net. He's the kind of kid who
hunts the big shot and is
completely comfortable when it comes down to the wire
and a play has to be
made. He's a confident young man and that will carry
him a long way.
QUESTION: Looking at the upcoming signing day, Lacedarius Dunn has already committed, can you touch a little bit
on what he can bring to the court?
We'll have a better read on him as the spring unfolds.
I saw him briefly
last spring and then didn't get to lay a strong set of
eyes on him much more
in the summer. Guys who I respect saw him last summer
identified him as a young man likely to be a mover and
shaker within his
QUESTION: What have you heard about Scott Drew and staff from
other coaches including high school coaches about
their personality, etc?
ANSWER: Let me tell you something. What Scott Drew did when he
took over this job
tells you all you need to know about his personality:
he's a bulldog. Drew
and his staff committed to recruiting the best players
in their region and
forced kids to look them in the eye and make a
decision. Remind you, the
circumstances at Baylor at the time, were not ideal.
The staff bucked the
idea of settling and went right after guys. From day
one they've been
aggressive, intelligent and driven. I think people
respect them for their
approach, beliefs and intensity and passion for their
QUESTION: Where do you see Baylor finishing in the Big 12 next
year, now that they will have a chance to play
ANSWER: Tough to say because I think the league as a whole
recruited really well and
the competition level nightly is on the rise. Talent
wise they have
increased the coffers for the program. Kansas, Texas
and Oklahoma remain the
big guys and A&M is certainly a team that must be
dealt with. After that,
Baylor has the kind of talent in the program that
should allow it to
challenge for a post season bid which would be a
considering the shape of the program when Coach Drew
took over. However,
winning is something that gets cultivated and to be
fair to this group, they
need to go through a NORMAL season of non-conference
and league games before
we can gauge where this program fits in the league.
Having said that, the
talent level has increased every year and there is
every reason to think
this team is headed in the proper direction.
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