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Daily Bears Report 1/23- Football and Basketball Recruiting, Ish Wainright, and Immortal Ten

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Recruiting is picking up and hoops keeps winning!

NCAA Football: Cactus Bowl-Boise State vs Baylor Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Recruiting:

After picking up six commitments on Sunday, 247’s Steve Wiltfong believes the Bears may be up to even more:

Sunday evening I added a 247Sports Crystal Ball forecast in favor of Baylor for Gonzales (La.) East Ascension four-star defensive end Justin Harris.

Harris is scheduled to take an official to Waco next weekend.

247Sports ranks the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Harris as the nation's No. 13 strong-side defensive end. Ole Miss, Purdue and LSU are the other contenders. Harris was in Baton Rouge this weekend but doesn't have an offer from the Tigers.

Baylor coach Matt Rhule is in-home with Harris tonight.

Other recent Baylor 247Sports Crystal Ball forecasts include running back Johnathan Lovett who was on campus this weekend and Kansas State receiver commit Chabastin Taylor.

Greg Powers of Scout has this to say about Baylor’s sixth commitment on Sunday, Gavin Holmes:

Holmes spoke some with Scout about his decision.

"As soon as I stepped on campus, I felt at home, and so did my family," Holmes reported. "Baylor totally exceeded my expectations, and I couldn't be more certain about my commitment."

Holmes picked Baylor over offers from schools like Arizona State, Iowa, Notre Dame and UCLA.

Baylor basketball lost a 2019 recruit. Jordyn Adams decommitted on Twitter. We’re still a long way from the 2019 class, so plenty of time to build that class:

Basketball:

One of the better basketball commentator’s, Kaiser Lindeman, has a metric for NBA production that really likes Ish Wainright:

Though the real exciting play for Wainwright, considering his width, wingspan and movement skills, might be as small-ball 4. He’s probably a little shorter than Draymond Green. But if there’s any semblance of a jump shot (and the free throw percentage this year: 85% and career 3-pt percentage: 35% hint there might be a possibility) he might be the best bet to make plays off the screen, if paired with the right initiator. And that’s a scenario, though this type of player is always a long-shot, where Wainwright really could add lots of value to his team’s offense without using tons of possessions.

The Immortal Ten were honored by Round Rock’s decision. Jessica Taylor of KXAN has the story:

The City of Round Rock revamped the Mays Street Bridge in Baylor colors to commemorate the ‘Immortal Ten.’ They were killed when their bus was hit by a train on the bridge on Jan. 22, 1927. Ten of the 21 people on board the bus died.

Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw said adding the new aesthetics, including plaques and pictures of the 10 men, was, “Our way of memorializing it and making sure that people are aware of it every time they cross the bridge.”