Few things have been hotter than Baylor Basketball on the recruiting trail this summer.
In the span of less than a week, Scott Drew and Baylor Basketball have become the biggest story in college basketball.
On July 15th, four-star guard Langston Love committed to Baylor University for the 2021-22 season. The very next day the Bears got a commitment from four-star forward Jeremy Sochan who happens to be one of the best players coming out of Europe and the MVP of the FIBA U16 European Championship. Now just a few days later on July 20th, the Bears are adding five-star wing, Kendall Brown.
Kendall Brown, in somewhat surprising fashion, announced he would be attending Baylor University over; Kansas, Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio State, Marquette, Arkansas, Arizona, and Virginia.
Brown is currently ranked Number 16 in the ESPN 100 making this the first time ever that Scott Drew has landed two players inside the top 25 with Langston Love currently sitting at No. 22. Helping boast matters Jeremy Sochan also sits inside the top 100 according to 247 Sports where he is No. 97, Love is No. 26 and Brown is No. 14.
What does this mean for Baylor moving forward?
To answer that, first lets quickly look backwards. Last season the Baylor Basketball program sat atop the AP Poll longer than any other school in the country. It seems as though this hasn’t gone unnoticed by the NCAA’s next crop of talent. Clearly, Scott Drew decided not to let that momentum go to waste.
Early preseason polls have also been kind to the Bears. Most have them at No. 2 trailing only behind the Gonzaga Bulldogs. This may now change as Filip Petrusev announced on Monday that he would not be returning to school but instead will play professionally in his hometown of Belgrade, Serbia. That news will likely vault Baylor to the Preseason No. 1 team in the country and keep this growing momentum on their side.
Scott Drew has done an incredible job turning players from all different recruiting backgrounds into pros and now, very early in the process has his hands on the best recruiting class in the country and already the best class he’s ever had.
So moving forward I believe this will only help land other high profile recruits as it seems Langston Love and Kendall Brown’s past played a part in his early surprise decision.
The news of Brown is sure to be a likely leading domino in an effect to grab more big-name talent as he’s the highest-ranked recruit the Bears have seen since Isiah Austin in 2012.
All this being said, the bottom line seems to be that the Baylor Bears basketball program is in good hands going forward as the likely preseason No. 1 team in the country for 2020 now has the No. 1 ranked recruiting class for 2021.
I’d say, It’s a good time to be a fan and probably a good time to jump on the bandwagon if you haven’t already.
Sic’ Em Bears!