MaCio Teague Returns to Baylor Men’s Basketball

MaCio Teague
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Last week, I wrote a celebratory post about the Baylor Men’s Basketball team’s 2021 recruiting class earning the No. 1 ranking in the nation after pulling in three 5-star top 50 athletes in Langston Love, Jeremy Sochan, and Kendall Brown. The 2019-2020 Baylor MBB season was monumental as the Bears broke numerous school and national records and even beat Kansas in Lawrence for the first time ever! In my last MBB post, I shared how “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.” One of the main playmakers and leaders of the team was G MaCio Teague—a junior transfer from UNC Asheville. MaCio was unexpectedly consistent and fairly efficient on the court, especially in combination with fellow starters G Davion Mitchell, G Jared Butler, F Freddie Gillespie, and F Tristan Clark. Back in March after the NCAA cancelled the remainder of college basketball (pre-conference and NCAA tournaments, sadly) due to COVID, MaCio declared for the NBA Draft shortly before star Butler also declared. Because the NBA Draft rules differ from NFL ones, both MaCio and Jared were/are allowed to return to school so long as they announce their decisions by August 3. Although MaCio was valuable as one of Baylor’s starting five, his stats weren’t as productive as that of his at UNC Ashville, which was an indication that declaring for the NBA Draft might be a premature risk. Fortunately, today he announced his intentions to go back to Baylor for his final season! With the return of MaCio, the Bears have at least three 2019-20 starters on the team and a possible fourth if Butler rescinds his declaration as well. Either way, the Bears are poised for another standout season at the end of the year!