Bringing back Jefferson and probably losing Isaiah Austin, though he didn't announce that intent today, means Baylor will have back its third-leading scorer from 2012-2013 and most-improved player. His stat line from this year doesn't begin to say how impressive he was, particularly in Baylor's win over Kansas late in the season and the run to the NIT Championship.
|2012 - Cory Jefferson||35||27.7||5.0||8.3||60.1||0.1||0.3||33.3||2.7||3.9||69.3||2.8||5.3||8.1||0.3||0.9||0.5||2.0||2.2||12.8|
He's an extremely durable player who averaged nearly a double-double per game, hit his free throws when he got them, and ended the season with four dominant offensive performances per Ken Pomeroy's statistics. He's also a human highlight reel with his high-flying dunks. Baylor will rely on him as our anchor next season as we go through a somewhat transition phase. And with him, here's how the roster looks now (again, assuming Austin leaves):
Baylor Bears Basketball Roster
|Chad Rykhoek||15||F/C||-||230||6-11||redshirt freshman|
I've replaced the departing seniors (and Isaiah) with the incoming JUCO players and freshmen. As you can see, we have one spot left to fill should we choose to, and I've been told there is a talented transfer that should be eligible to play immediately to fill that spot. Should Isaiah leave, I mean.
That looks to me like an extremely balanced roster top-to-bottom, but if it has a hole, it is at PG, where we will likely rely on a combination of Chery and Rose to shoulder the load. Neither has before at this level.