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Daily Bears Reports 4/6: Football, Recruiting, and Hoops

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Recruiting is heating up

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl - Baylor v Boise State Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Football:

Baylor made the top five for 2018 QB Jalen Mayden:

Baylor appears to have a decent shot at landing the Sachse QB. Mississippi State and Louisville will make a big run at him too.

Jerry Hill, Baylor Insider, broke down Baylor’s Pro Day:

Baylor's best prospects for the April 27-29 NFL Draft in Philadelphia are center Kyle Fuller and wide receivers KD Cannon and Ishmael Zamora, who are both early entrants.

Measured in at 5-11, 174, Cannon made an NFL Combine splash with a 38-inch vertical and 4.41 clocking in the 40-yard dash, but was criticized for his route-running.

Max Olson of ESPN lists Taylor Young as Baylor’s best player:

A no-star undersized recruit Baylor took a last-minute chance on in the 2013 class has developed into arguably the Bears’ best player. From a leadership and production standpoint, Young is hard to beat. He has logged 265 tackles over three seasons and is one of the Big 12’s most experienced players. He brings a lot of tenacity and heart to his role and will lead this squad as a senior.

Basketball:

Johnathan Motley has not made his decision yet. He’s a borderline first round pick. My guess remains that he will go pro. But Gary Parrish of CBS Sports expects he’ll be back and has the Bears ranked #9 in his early look at next season:

Why the Bears are here: If Johnathan Motley leaves school, Baylor won’t be this high. But he’s a projected second-round pick who could reasonably return. And, if he does, Scott Drew will return a whole bunch of important pieces from a 27-win team that made the Sweet 16 and was ranked in the top 10 for much of this season.

Keep an eye on Dedric and K.J. Lawson. The two talented brothers announced they’ll transfer from Memphis. Dedric had Baylor in his final five before playing for his hometown school. Gary Bedore of the Kansas City Star lists why these two are so special:

Tubby Smith’s Memphis basketball program was hit hard by transfer announcements on Wednesday. Memphis natives Dedric Lawson and his brother, K.J Lawson., said they plan to leave the school. Dedric, a 6-9 sophomore and first-team AAC selection, averaged 19.2 points and 9.9 boards a game last season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out a season in accordance with transfer rules. K.J., a 6-7 freshman, averaged 12.3 points and 8.1 boards. He received a medical redshirt in 2015-16 and also will have to sit out a year after transferring. CBSsports.com’s Gary Parrish says 6-5 Markl Crawford also may leave Memphis’ program as a graduate transfer. The 6-5 wing averaged 12.8 ppg last season.

Rob Dauster of NBC Sports notes:

The pair will now be the most sought-after transfers on the market this offseason. It’s worth noting here that their father, Keelon Lawson, was on staff at Memphis — he was hired by Josh Pastner in order to get the brothers to commit — and will reportedly no longer be on staff after this season. The Lawson also have two younger brothers that are five-star prospects in the Class of 2019 and 2021, respectively.

So if you’re a high-major coach with an opening on your staff, you might to give Keelon a call.

We’ll have a few Facebook lives in the next couple of weeks, and we’ll also do a breakdown of basketball and football recruiting. Sic ‘Em!