One of the greatest what if’s of the 2019-2020 Baylor Athletics season is what the Baylor Men’s Basketball team could have accomplished if COVID hadn’t cancelled the conference and NCAA tournaments. Baylor MBB had arguably their best season of all time, finishing the regular season with a 26-4 record with a 23-game winning streak that made school and Big 12 history (they broke Kansas’ 1996-97 22-game record). They were also ranked No. 1 in the nation for five consecutive weeks, which, according to Baylor Athletics’ Jerry Hill “was the longest by any team since Kentucky in 2015.” My favorite moment from the 2019-20 season was the Bears’ 67-55 victory over Kansas for the first time ever in Lawrence, which I wrote about back in May when I said, “There is quite possibly no greater feeling than beating a team one has never beat before, and, in front of the opponent’s fans? So much sweeter. The Baylor men’s basketball team earned my second favorite Baylor Athletics moment of the 2019-20 season when they secured their first victory ever in Allen Fieldhouse (after 16 consecutive losses in Lawrence)—an arena so devastating to non-Kansas challengers, that most, if not all, leave without a win each year. The Bears’ starting five (G Davion Mitchell, G Jared Butler, F Freddie Gillespie, F Tristan Clark, and G Macio Teague) showed one of their best cohesive performances, and, including the boys off the bench, shot .450 in FGs, .421 in 3s, and .714 in FTs, while collecting 31 rebounds, 9 steals, and only 5 turnovers. The victory came only four days after Baylor beat No. 22 Texas Tech, and they would win each of their next 11 games until the Jayhawks returned the favor in Waco.” Thanks to a phenomenal season and the consistency of Baylor MBB and its coaching staff, the Bears now have the No. 1 2021 class in the country!
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. The future is definitely bright for Baylor Men’s Basketball and I’m excited to see what’s next!