Tis the season for transfers. Some will have to sit out a year under the NCAA's transfer rules, and others will qualify to play immediately under the graduate transfer rule. Baylor's already nabbed one guard, and there's another potentially on the way. Having already missed out on a couple of graduate transfers - South Florida's Anthony Collins has committed to Texas A&M and Villanova's Dylan Ennis has committed to Oregon - Baylor still has the possibility of bringing in a lead ball handler with immediate eligibility, while they've already earned a commitment from a guard who will have to sit out this next season. Let me introduce you.
The former Miami guard is a 5-11 jitterbug with an outside shot who struggles to score inside. Sound familiar? Scott Drew owns the market on undersized transfer point guards. Last season, next to a ball dominant Angel Rodriguez, Lecomte (pronounced 'La-conn-t' per Miami's team website) averaged 7.9 points and 1.8 assists on .430/.877/.456 splits in 22.4 minutes per game. He came up huge in Miami's upset over Duke, scoring 23 points in 28 minutes and knocking down 10-11 free throws and 3-4 threes.
Lecomte will have to sit a season after transferring, but he should have 2 seasons of eligibility remaining (he played just 2 seasons at Miami). With Lester Medford departing after the 2015-16 season, Lecomte should slot right into his combo guard spot. If he can become more of a distributer, he'll be a good fit next to one of Baylor's plethora of shooting guards. His three point shooting is perfect for Scott Drew's offense and will likely be his greatest contribution to the team.
Now say it with me: *sucks in breath* MANUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
The 6-2 Seton Hall guard - who will have immediate eligibility as a graduate transfer - could have the largest impact on a team of any player to transfer this offseason. In just over 33 minutes a game last season, Gibbs averaged 16.3 points, 3.8 assists, and 2.1 rebounds on .431/.701/.436 shooting splits. He was one of 14 players to score 40 points in a game last season and surpassed the 20 points threshold 9 times.
A player like Gibbs, a lead ball handler who can take the big shot with the chance to explode on any given night, would be an enormous score for Baylor, especially with Kenny Chery now graduated. He would bring greater size to the point guard position than Baylor has seen in a while, and his outside stroke would space the floor for the guys inside. He comes with experience and could contribute immediately. After missing out on Collins and Ennis, Gibbs would be more than a great consolation prize.
His list was recently (i.e. yesterday) cut down to six schools.
Seton Hall transfer Sterling Gibbs told @CBSSports he has cut his list to Pitt, Ohio State, UConn, Baylor, NC State, and VCU.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 5, 2015
Unfortunately for Baylor, however, UConn looks to be a (if not the) leading candidate at the moment, where he would replace Ryan Boatright. He is from New Jersey, and his younger brother recently committed to Notre Dame (although he is in the high school class of 2016), so staying in the northeast could be preferable for him. Once he comes down and sees that big, goofy smile on Scott Drew's face, though, it will hopefully be difficult to turn down the Bears.
We'll have to see how it all breaks out. We've got to play the waiting game just a bit longer.