EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Within a group of recognizable point guards who attended the Nets Draft Combine on Wednesday and Thursday, Baylor’s Pierre Jackson does not have the biggest name, but he most definitely has the biggest individual resume.
The 2011 NJCAA Division I Player of the Year as a sophomore at perennial JuCo power College of Southern Idaho, Jackson had a highly-productive two years in Waco. He scored 1,235 points, dished out 478 assists, was a two-time Bob Cousy Award finalist, a two-time All-Big 12 first team pick and an Associated Press All-American honorable mention as a junior. To read more of this story, click here
Dominic Woodson, the Rivals No. 2 center in the Class of 2013, enjoyed his weekend visit to Baylor and heads to Oklahoma next weekend.
“It went well,” Kevin Robinson, Woodson’s AAU coach, told SNY.tv. “I like the staff and the team looks pretty deep this year. Next year they will have a need for bigs but will have really good guards already in place.
“If he chooses there it would be a great place to continue his education and basketball career.”
Ish Wainright, a 6-foot-6 wing from Montrose Christian, verbally committed to Baylor Thursday night after visiting last weekend.
The new was first reported by Alex Kline and confirmed to SNY.tv by Montrose Christian.
A onetime Missouri commit, Wainright had previously visited Ohio State and was to have visited Texas this weekend and St. John’s next.
“Ishmail is probably the most highly-recruited player we’ve had since Kevin Durant,” Montrose coach Stu Vetter told DMVElite.com. “He has offers from all over the country – some of the biggest names in basketball – and deservedly so; he’s one of the best players in the country. He’s a facilitator and makes everybody else around him better, and he’s going to be an outstanding player for us.“ To read more of this story, click here
Ohio junior guard D.J. Cooper says that Baylor and Tennessee both contacted him after his freshman season in order to persuade him to transfer, according to reports in The New York Times and CBSSports.com.
It is a violation of NCAA rules to recruit a player before he is released from his current program, yet that’s exactly what Cooper said happened after his freshman season, when he was named MAC Freshman of the Year and led Ohio to their first NCAA Tournament victory in 27 years.
“That [Tennessee and Baylor] was about it,” D.J. Cooper told Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com following Ohio’s 62-56 victory over South Florida Sunday in Nashville.
Ricardo Gathers, the one-time St. John’s commit, has changed course and pledged to Baylor, according to ESPN.com.
“He went up there last week and said that he wanted to (commit),” Gathers’ brother Greg told Dave Telep. “I told him to sit on it for a week. Baylor had been recruiting him since he’s been in the 7th and 8th grade and there’s a connection with ‘Tweety’ Carter going up there and it’s a situation where they have Isaiah Austin, L.J. Rose and they already have Gary Franklin that he’s familiar with.”
At 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, Aquille Carr is a unique player who has drawn comparisons to Muggsy Bogues, Spud Webb and Earl Boykins.
Because of his size and style of play, his recruitment will be different in that only certain types of programs will pursue him.
At this point, says Baltimore Patterson head coach Harry Martin, four schools are working the hardest on Carr, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2013.
“Probably the ones that I’ve seen that express the most interest are Seton Hall, Baylor, Loyola Marymount and Xavier,” Martin told SNY.tv by phone Tuesday. “They are probably the top four that have really been around.” To read more of this story, click here