The Baylor Men’s Basketball team has been on a constant upswing for the past year and a half or so despite multiple COVID pauses and game cancellations and a couple of losses during the 2020-2021 season (we choose to ignore those defeats and pretend they never happened). Head Coach Scott Drew and his collection of assistant coaches have proven themselves to be excellent both during games and off the court in the recruitment period. According to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi, the team just added the No. 2/3 recruit in the country, Keyonte George, to their 2022 class, joining fellow commit Dillon Hunter.
While the Bears’ 2022 recruitment class isn’t large yet, the 2021 group made headlines last July. When I originally wrote about their ranking at the time (they were the No. 1 class in the country!), I said “Baylor collected three commits over the past week to make the No. 1 2021 class including three top-50 athletes, which were two 5 stars and one 4 star. Last Wednesday, Langston Love—a 6’4, 190 pound SG from Montverde, FL— committed to Baylor and became the highest ranked commit for the Bears since C Isaiah Austin in 2012. Love is a 5-star athlete and ranked No. 21 in the country. The schools he could have chosen from were Kansas, UCLA, Villanova, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Illinois, Arkansas and Baylor. The next day, the Bears added Jeremy Sochan, who is a 4-star recruit and No. 45 in the country. Sochan is a 6’8, 215 pound PF from Germany who had offers from Florida State, Virginia, Michigan State, Creighton, Oklahoma, Oregon and TCU. The third and final commit to make Baylor’s No. 1 2021 class is No. 14 5-star SF Kendall Brown. From Wichita, KS, Brown is 6’8, 205 pounds, and now the official highest ranked recruit since Austin. He chose Baylor over Arizona, Arkansas, California, Creighton, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Marquette, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, St. Louis, Texas, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.”
Keyonte is a five-star G from Lewisville, TX and his ratings differ between the many sports sites. 247 Sports considers him the No. 1 player from Texas and No. 2 in the entire country, while ESPN ranks him at No. 4 in the nation. He’s currently 6’5 and 200 pounds and chose Baylor over Kansas, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.