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Baylor Basketball in the NBA

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a look at some Bears in the NBA:

Taurean Prince:

He’s been the best of Scott Drew’s former players in the NBA. The Hawks second year wing is averaging 12 points and five rebounds per game. He’s connecting on 42% of his four 3-point attempts per game too.

The Hawks are terrible. They’re in rebuilding mode. But Prince figures to be a starter in the NBA for years.

Royce O’Neale:

After not making the NBA for his first two professional seasons, Dennis Lindsey (father of a son of a GM!) gave O’Neale his first NBA opportunity with the Utah Jazz.

O’Neale was the last man to make the Jazz roster. But he’s played a lot more lately. He’s played at least 12 minutes a night in his last five games. His shooting needs to come along a little better, but like his time at Baylor, O’Neale has demonstrated his valuable defense and ability to handle the ball.

Ekpe Udoh:

Udoh was the No. 6 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He was the EuroLeague Final Four MVP last season. Lindsey helped bring Udoh home (though other NBA teams wanted him too).

Udoh hasn’t gotten a ton of minutes with the Jazz, but he continues to be a plus/minus darling. The former Baylor star provides excellent defense when he sees the court.

Quincy Acy:

Brooklyn! Acy plays for the Nets and is a consistent rotation piece. He’s averaging five points and four rebounds per game.

Acy’s 3-point shot hasn’t been quite where he’d like this season. If his shot returns, he’ll stay in the league for a while.

Sic ‘Em!