The Baylor Men’s Basketball team has been on a roll of consistently good news since their history-making national championship last season. The Bears’ coaching staff is putting in the difficult work of ensuring there isn’t a huge drop off in talent following the departures of star Gs Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell, and MaCio Teague to the NBA during the offseason. Their recruitment period has proven successful with the commitments of 2022 athletes Dillon Hunter, No. 2/3 recruit in the country Keyonte George, and now an international talent in C Joshua Ojianwuna.
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.”
Ojianwuna is a 6-foot-10, 230-pound junior at the Canberra (Australia) NBA Global Academy who held offers from top American college programs like future Big 12 competitors Cincinnati and Houston, but he chose Baylor over those universities and others. The Bears have lacked height and depth like that of Ojianwuna in the close past, which they’ve filled as recently as last year with Flo Thamba and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua. Ojianwuna’s speed and length will be an exciting contribution to a Baylor team that’s still returning much talent and including 2021’s top-ranked rookies.