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Baylor Basketball's 2012 Recruiting Class is Complete

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Quincy is really excited about this recruiting class.  Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
Quincy is really excited about this recruiting class. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
With the ink dry on Ricardo Gathers' signature on his National Letter of Intent today, all the necessary faxes sent, the official press release from Baylor posted, and what I'm sure was copious amounts of ginger ale consumed at the Drew household, Baylor has closed the book on its 2012 recruiting class. Though it "only" (and I say that because it seems like classes were huge this year) has 4 names, 3 are consensus top-100 national recruits with Isaiah Austin representing the best recruit of any sport ever to come to Baylor.*

*Best recruit not named Brittney Griner, I mean.

Here's the breakdown of the 2012 class, and I've put their links in the first set of parentheses for each respective recruit:

Isaiah Austin (C, 7-0, 215, Arlington, TX / Grace Preparatory Academy)
Overall: No. 3 (ESPNU), No. 3 (247Sports.com), No. 4 (MaxPreps.com), No. 5 (Rivals.com), No. 5 (Scout.com)
Position: No. 1 (ESPNU), No. 1 (247Sports.com), No. 2 (Scout.com), No. 3 (Rivals.com)

Ricardo Gathers (F, 6-8, 240, LaPlace, La. / Riverside Academy)
Overall: No. 22 (247Sports.com), No. 36 (ESPNU), No. 37 (Rivals.com), No. 42 (Scout.com)
Position: No. 4 (247Sports.com), No. 10 (ESPNU), No. 10 (Scout.com), No. 13 (Rivals.com)

Lynden "L.J." Rose (G, 6-4, 185, Houston, TX / Westbury Christian HS)
Overall: No. 63 (MaxPreps.com), No. 66 (Scout.com), No. 74 (ESPNU), No. 77 (247Sports.com), No. 95 (Rivals.com)
Position: No. 10 (247Sports.com), No. 11 (Scout.com), No. 12 (ESPNU), No. 25 (Rivals.com)

Chad Rykhoek (F/C, 6-11, 220, Fort Worth, TX / Fort Worth Christian HS)
Overall: No. 135 (Rivals.com)
Position: No. 23 (ESPNU), No. 29 (Scout.com)

With one scholarship gone in 2012-2013 due to Baylor's self-imposed sanctions and the following players returning, Baylor is now at 12 players and a full scholarship roster for next season (the non-scholarship players are italicized). That's why I say we're done. If we were going to try to add someone, we'd have to run a scholarship player off, and I don't see that happening.

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Exp. Hometown/High School/Last College
14 Deuce Bello G 6-4 185 FR HS Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day School
0 Gary Franklin G 6-2 195 SO TR Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei HS/Cal
5 Brady Heslip G 6-2 180 SO TR Burlington, Ontario/New Hampton (N.H.) Prep/Boston College
55 Pierre Jackson G 5-10 180 JR JC Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Pines HS/College of Southern Idaho
34 Cory Jefferson F 6-9 210 RS SO 1L Killeen, Texas/Killeen HS
20 Logan Lowery F 6-6 185 SO TR Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood HS/Centenary
30 Quincy Miller F 6-9 210 FR HS Chicago, Ill./Westchester Country Day School
11 J'mison Morgan F/C 6-11 250 SR 1L Dallas, Texas/South Oak Cliff HS/UCLA
2 Jacob Neubert F 6-5 200 JR 1L Waco, Texas/Midway HS
22 A.J. Walton G 6-1 185 JR 2L Little Rock, Ark./Hall HS