Huge news for Scott Drew and company as Baylor gets its first verbal commitment for the 2014 class from a top-20 national recruit. I'll update this post in a few minutes because I'm walking out the door. HUGE!
Black was one of our visitors for the SMU game over Labor Day along with JUCO PG Chris Jones, who committed to Louisville this morning. Check out what I wrote about Leron then.
BREAKING: White Station forward 2014 Leron Black has committed to Baylor per his mother. Story coming to CA— John Martin (@JohnMartinCA) September 17, 2012
Alex Kline also confirms via Rivals ($$$) here.
Leron Black is a 6'7" , 215 lb small forward who has the potential to also play power forward at the collegiate level. Like a few other elite Baylor recruits, there's some concern that Black needs to put on weight to be able to reach his potential at the next level, but as a 2014 recruit, he's got some time. Hit the jump for various scouting tidbits!
Black is undoubtedly the flagship of the 2014 class in Memphis, which isn't as historically deep as past classes. He is rated a 5-star prospect and the No. 13 player in the nation by ESPN. He's primed to be Memphis coach Josh Pastner's top target next year.
Black is versatile enough to play the small forward or power forward position at the next level. He can put the ball on the floor and attack the basket, and he's improved his perimeter shooting in the past year. He's also become much more aggressive on the glass.
Black is a long thin athletic power forward. He is very aggressive and excels in transition by running the floor for easy buckets.
ESPN Insider. They also note that he has great hands, rebounds well and isn't afraid of contact.
#Baylor is getting an absolute workhorse in Leron Black. Runs the floor, rebounds, and finishes through contact. Really high on him.— Ben Weixlmann (@BWeixScout) September 17, 2012