Jan 21, 2012; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew callas a play against the Missouri Tigers during the second half at the Ferrell Center. Missouri won 89-88. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Baylor Scores Blue-Chip Center Dominic Woodson

Dominic Woodson has been all over the map–from Kentucky to Vermont to most recently West Virginia–but the Lone Star State is still where his heart is. After leaving his native Texas to accelerate his high school basketball career on the east coast, Woodson will return home in ten months to resume his journey where it all began.

Woodson will play his college ball in Waco (TX), the 4-star senior center announced on Wednesday after committing to Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears. He chose Baylor over NC State, which began refocusing its efforts on fellow 4-star pivot BeeJay Anya earlier this week.

A big-bodied center who dominates inside with a balanced dose of bruising physicality and an advanced array of post moves, Woodson has sneaky athleticism given his size and can move up and down the floor better than any pivot in the Top 100. The journeyman center has developed an impressive outside touch—which now extends to 20 feet—that he can knock down with regularity. All things considered, Woodson is the most versatile center in a class glaringly thin at the position.

Until the fall, NC State had lodged the most aggressive pitch of any school recruiting Woodson, making it known to the Huntington Prep star that he was [then] the staff’s top recruiting priority. But the Wolfpack have since emerged as the frontrunner to land Anya, and are now putting in the full-court press on him instead.

Woodson had always been interested in attending college in his native state and was weighing offers from Baylor, TCU and Texas. The frontcourt situation in Waco is relatively open for the foreseeable future, an attraction which had a lot of pull in Woodson’s final decision. The Bears lost their four top frontcourt players from last year’s team (Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy, Quincy Miller and Anthony Jones) while current freshman center Isaiah Austin is a probable one-and-done player.

Woodson joins yet another strong recruiting class (2013) assembled by coach Drew that includes top-50 small forward Ishmail Wainright and 3-star center Jonathan Motley. Baylor’s 2012 recruiting class, headlined by Austin, is one of the five best freshman classes nationally.

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