Baylor 2007 Hoops Recruiting Class Strong

Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears men's basketball coaching staff recently picked up their second commitment for the 2007 class. The Baylor Bears' recruiting class is currently ranked in the top 25 in the nation by Scout.com, although things change quickly in the world of recruiting. Find out more from BearsIllustrated.com and hear what Scout.com national recruiting analyst, Dave Telep,has to say.

The 2007 recruiting class all got started when 5-star recruit Lacedarius Dunn out of Excelsior Christian made his commitment known to the recruiting world. On January 2, 2006, Dunn gave his verbal pledge to the Baylor Bears, building on the foundation that Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears basketball staff had previously laid at Baylor University.



The star of Baylor's 2006 class was guard Demond "Tweety" Carter, a McDonald's High School All-American, a Parade All-American, and a 2006 Michael Jordan All-American.



In addition to Carter, the Baylor Bears got a commitment from 4 star recruit, and Scout.com Top 100 player Josh Lomers. The 7' center from Boerne, Texas instantly brought the kind of size that is hard to find in college basketball.



The final piece to the puzzle was 6'8" Djibril "Penny" Thiam, a 3-star recruit out of Stoneridge Prep Academy. Thiam, a multi-dimensional guard/forward combo rounded out the 2006 class for the Baylor men's basketball program.



But perhaps, the greatest accomplishment was Scott Drew's ability to recruit the 19th ranked recruiting class in the nation in 2005. Forward Kevin Rogers, a high flying 4-star recruit out of South Oak Cliff, was the biggest name to sign with the Bears, but there were a couple of other names who didn't quite get the recognition that they are now proving they deserved.



Guard Curtis Jerrells, a 3-star recruit out of Del Valle High School, averaged 18 points and 6 assists per game during his final prep year. Jerrells proved to the college basketball world that he was for real garnering freshman all-american honors.



Scott Drew is no stranger to international recruiting, as seen with both Aaron Bruce (Australia) and Mamadou Diene (Senegal) and his ability to spot talent once again showed when the Bears signed 3-star recruit Jari Vanttaja a 6-10 forward out of Finland. Vantajja, whose game has been compared to Hanno Mottola, averaged 14 points and 5 rebounds in the Schweizer Games in 2004.

In addition to Jerrells and Jari Vanttaja, the Baylor Bears received another commitment from another highly touted hoop prospect. The Bears signed 4-star recruit Henry Dugat out of Dayton High School edging out the Texas Longhorns. Dugat was ranked the 15th best point guard nationally by Scout.com averaging nearly 29 points a game during his prep career. The Bears' 2005 recruiting class was complete.



So when Lacedarius Dunn, the 18th best player in the entire country, gave his verbal pledge to Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears coaching staff, it was no surprise. Recently, the Bears went west and received a verbal commitment from 6'6" forward Fred Ellis out of Sacramento High School. Ellis, a 3-star recruit, gave his pledge to Baylor after visiting the campus and meeting the staff and players. An explosive athlete who can play facing the basket, and can finish well around the rim, Fred Ellis is Baylor's second commitment of 2007.



BearsIllustrated.com asked Dave Telep, Scout.com's national recruiting analyst exactly what he thought about Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears men's basketball staff's ability to bring in the high caliber players they have brought in.

"To recruit the guys that they [Baylor] have, has really increased the talent level at Baylor. For me, the best guy they will sign is Lacedarius Dunn. They have had some really odd circumstances to operate under, and they have still managed to raise the recruiting profile of that school."

With the basketball season just around the corner, as well as the November signing period, there is no doubt that coach Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears basketball team will be ready for the challenges of the upcoming season.

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