National Recruiting Expert Talks BU Hoops

Dave Telep, National Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com, stops by Thee Bears Den to answer questions that many Baylor hoops fans have. Read what he has to say about recruiting, BU coaches, and more only in Thee Den!

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 and immediately identified him as a young man likely to be a mover and shaker within his class.

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 jobs.

QUESTION: Where do you see Baylor finishing in the Big 12 next year, now that they will have a chance to play non-conference games?

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 significant step 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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