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Daily Bears Report 6-17-2017 - Players to Watch

Motley and Football, Kendal Briles Unleashed with Baylor’s Non-existent Playbook

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-East Regional-South Carolina vs Baylor Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Basketball (It’s All Motley)

NBA Draft: Johnathan Motley latest unheralded recruit transformed by Baylor -, Baylor's Motley wasn't a top-100 recruit, but is now a likely first-round draft pick. Here's an NBA Draft trivia question that will stump you:

Q. Which college basketball program over the past seven years has had the most players drafted who weren't considered top-100 recruits when they entered college?

A. Scott Drew's Baylor Bears, with four: Ekpe Udoh, Pierre Jackson, Quincy Acy and Taurean Prince. No other college program during that seven-year stint has more than three.

And on June 22 Johnathan Motley, a long and versatile junior big man who has added a ridiculous 45 pounds of muscle since he first enrolled at Baylor three years ago, ought to be Baylor's fifth.

Where could Baylor power forward Johnathan Motley land in NBA Draft? Tony Adame 247Sports, Here's a recap of various NBA Mock Drafts' predictions of where Motley could possibly land next week.

Jonathan Motley's time to stand out - Houston Chronicle, Long overshadowed by the talent around him, Johnathan Motley was always willing to wait his turn and pay his dues, as if he knew that in time, the spotlight would find him and his talents.

Motley played with Aaron and Andrew Harrison with the Houston Defenders AAU team.

Unlike the vast majority of players that will hear their name on the night of the NBA Draft June 22, he redshirted as a freshman and was initially cast a hustling role player, rather than the star face of the program he would become.

[...] on draft night, he will be in New York, willing to bide his time while others are selected, confident that when the time is right, things will work for him again. Motley steadily added strength, reaching 240 lean pounds with muscle now considered among his best qualities.

Fully recovered from a torn knee cartilage, he has demonstrated not just impressive athleticism, but improved shooting range that he believes will make him the sort of range-shooting four he had never been at Baylor - or had been asked to be - but that NBA teams now seek. Always an energetic rebounder, he was markedly more prolific, averaging 12.9 rebounds per 40 minutes, last season. Motley's scoring steadily improved, from 7.3 points per game as a redshirt freshman to 11.1 points in 2015-16 to 17.3 this season.


New Baylor coach gets first taste of Angelo football clinic, Rhule, who played linebacker for coach Joe Paterno at Penn State, joined his Baylor defensive staff in their presentation "Baylor Defense: Mixing Fronts and Coverages to Attack the Drop Back Game".

CFB 2017 Players to Watch: Baylor Bears - RealSport, We begin a new series, picking out players to watch during the upcoming college football season on various FBS teams, beginning in the Big 12 conference.

Tradition of College World Series

John Werner: Tradition rules in Omaha and Oklahoma City | John Werner |, NCAA championships have become a moveable feast, hopping from city to city to the highest bidders.

There’s a New Sheriff in Town

Ed Hardin: NCAA announces that the sheriff is back in town | ACC Xtra |, The penalties issued against Louisville likely have the attention of athletics officials in Chapel Hill.

Former Baylor interim president: School's then-police chief discouraged rape reports, Baylor's former interim president said he believed the school's police chief discouraged victims from reporting rapes connected to its football scandal.

Kendal Briles to Call All the Plays

Already on his fourth head coaching job, Lane Kiffin is adjusting his lenses at FAU -, Kiffin thinks this time around, he's more ready to be the CEO of a program. Offensive coordinator Kendal Briles will call all the plays bringing every page of Baylor's playbook with him.