For most people, 2014 is an extremely long way away in terms of planning, but for Scott Drew and Baylor Basketball, 2014 is right around the corner in terms of recruiting. Though we continue to wait on formal declarations from Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller, and there is some intrigue on Baylor message boards surrounding even Pierre Jackson, who may or may not have announced that he was staying another year last night on twitter, about the NBA, Baylor's recruiting class for 2012 is probably just about set. Baylor has 3 top-100 recruits coming in next year in 5* C Isaiah Austin, 4* PF Ricardo Gathers (5* on a few places), and 4* L.J. Rose, and also has 4* PF/C Chad Ryhoek, as well. That class has been finished for quite some time.
Baylor's 2013 class is another story entirely as we don't technically have any recruits committed yet for next year. That may scare some in Baylor circles who have been spoiled by the early commitments of Jones and Austin in years past, but you have to remember that Baylor waited quite a while for Miller and Deuce Bello to commit for 2011, and it is prepared to do the same thing again. From what I understand, our top targets for 2013 include twin brothers Andrew and Aaron Harrison (numbers 4 and 5 on ESPN's Super 60 for 2013), Keith Frazier (14 on the Super 60), and all-everything 5* PF Julius Randle (#2) from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano. Getting any one of these recruits would be a huge win for Baylor, but I don't expect (meaning I'm not willing to predict) that they'll get any of them. Drew has worked his magic before, however.
Those names are probably familiar to most avid observers of Baylor basketball recruiting, but here's one you might not know yet from 2014 and might want to learn-- Rashad Vaughn. Vaughn is a 6-5, 190 pound SG/SF from Minneapolis, Minnesota that is apparently quite high on Baylor and Scott Drew. If you look at his twitter account (@ShowTimeMr), he has been very complimentary of Baylor in the past and even tweeted something on April 1 (which means it might have been an April Fool's joke) about committing/signing with Baylor. The fact that he can't sign yet leads me to believe it might have been a joke, but I'll take that as a sign that we are on his mind. Vaughn's offer sheet is certainly impressive-- Kansas, Texas, Georgetown, and Wisconsin have all offered in addition to Baylor-- and Rivals, the only one I know of to actually give star rankings to player that far out, has Vaughn listed as a 4* on his profile.
I'll put Vaughn's highlight video below the jump in case you want to look at it.
Rashad Vaughn 6'5" Sophomore shooting guard Ballers Swag Elite M.R.E.Z sports (via TheMyrecruitez)
Rashad Vaughn Highlights Vol. 1 - HardwoodElite.com (via HardwoodEliteDotCom)