Reports: Baylor, Tennessee Tried to Get Ohio's Cooper to Transfer

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

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 following Ohio’s 62-56 victory over South Florida Sunday in Nashville.

Donell Cooper, D.J.’s father, also told that former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl “tried the hardest” to get his son to transfer. To read more of this story, click here

Former St. John's Commit Gathers to Baylor

Ricardo Gathers, the one-time St. John’s commit, has changed course and pledged to Baylor, according to

“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.”

The 6-foot-8 “Bayou Bull” chose Baylor over St. John’s, UNLV, LSU and Florida. To read more of this story, click here

Four Working Hardest On Aquille Carr

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 by phone Tuesday. “They are probably the top four that have really been around.” To read more of this story, click here

JaKarr Sampson to Visit Baylor

Former St. John’s signee JaKarr Sampson will take an official visit to Baylor this weekend, according to a tweet from Brewster (N.H.) coach Jason Smith.

Baylor coach Scott Drew, Kentucky coach John Calipari, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin and Providence coach Ed Cooley have also been through Brewster in recent days.

Smith also tweeted that St. John’s assistant coach Mike Dunlap will come through Wednesday. To read more of this story, click here

Baylor Adds a Rose

Baylor coach Scott Drew already has big man Isaiah Austin locked up for 2012.

Now he has a point guard to go with him.

L.J. Rose of Houston Westbury Christian, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound floor general, announced Saturday on his Facebook page that he had chosen Baylor over Texas, Arizona, Memphis, Virginia and Houston.

“We decided after long deliberation that Baylor is the best fit for L.J. right now,” his father, Lynden Rose, told KRIV-TV. “I’ve know Scott Drew for 10 years. We’re comfortable (with Baylor) based on the Christian education and values.

“We’re not leery about what Baylor University has to offer. If L.J. doesn’t have basketball, Baylor offers more than enough for his spiritual growth as person.”

The Rivals No. 20 point guard in the Class of 2012, Rose is the third guard from the Houston Hoops program to commit, following Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke) and J-Mychal Reese (Texas A&M).

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Baylor Recruit Out for the Season (UPDATED)

Quincy Miller’s career at Westchester Country Day in High Point, N.C. lasted all of 10 games.

The 6-foot-9, 210-pound Baylor signee tore his ACL in a Dec. 10 victory over High Point Christian and will undergo surgery Tuesday morning, according to a source with knowledge.

The ACL tear was first reported by the Greensboro News & Record.

ACL recovery typically takes between 6-8 months. To read more of this story, click here

Baylor Did Not Offer an 8th Grader; Recruiting Rundown

By Alex Kline and Adam Zagoria

Despite a report earlier this week that Baylor had offered a scholarship to an 11-year old 8th-grader, don’t believe the hype.

Adrian Moore, a 6-foot-3 8th-grader from Arkansas, received a letter from the Baylor staff last week that he and his family believed was a scholarship offer.

But as you can see from the picture here, it was just a questionnaire. (Does a site called really not know what an NLI looks like?) To read more of this story, click here

Miller, Bello to Baylor; LeBryan Nash to OSU (UPDATED)

Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello are teammates at Westchester (N.C.) Country Day school, and beginning next year they will be teammates at Baylor University.

Both players announced Thursday on ESPNU.

“I will be taking my services to Baylor University,” said Bello, who also considered Louisville.

“And I’ll be taking my services to Baylor also,” added Miller, who said he also considered Louisville, Duke and Oklahoma. To read more of this story, click here

Miller, Bello, Nash to Annnounce

Quincy Miller, Deuce Bello and LeBryan Nash are all slated to announce their colleges choices at 5 o’clock EST on ESPNU.

As reported here earlier this week, the 6-foot-9 Miller (pictured) is expected to pick Baylor after Louisville dropped out of his recruitment and he didn’t take his visit to Duke last weekend.

Bello could join Miller at Baylor since the two are teammates at Westchester (N.C.) Country Day and have often spoken of playing together.

The 6-7 Nash is down to Kansas, Baylor and Oklahoma State and recently said Oklahoma State was his leader. To read more of this story, click here

All Signs Point to Miller to Baylor (UPDATED)

Quincy Miller will announce for Baylor, according to a source with direct knowledge. The source said Miller was down to Baylor and Louisville and that Louisville “ain’t getting him.”
Whether Miller’s Westchester (N.C.) Country Day teammate Deuce Bello joins him at Baylor remains unclear. Bello visited Florida State this past weekend.
“Deuce and Quincy said they will have something to say this Thursday,” Westchester athletic director Pat Kahny said via email.
The 6-foot-9 1/2 Miller, the No. 1 power forward in the Class of 2011, originally had Duke and Oklahoma on his list, but did not take a scheduled visit to Duke last weekend and sources said the two sides had parted ways.

In an interview earlier this month, Miller said: “Baylor and Louisville are slightly in the lead and Duke is right behind and then Oklahoma.” To read more of this story, click here