One of the top players in the class of 2014 signed with the Baylor Bears on Monday evening. Head Coach Scott Drew was thrilled when he was told Leron Black was going to play his collegiate basketball in Waco.
The forward was listed as a five star recruit, and 13th overall in the class of 2014. He took his first official visit to Waco at the beginning of September. Black was said to have loved the Baptist school from Texas. The Junior in High School had this to say: “At first it was the religion, then, second of all it was the basketball. They’ve been to the Elite Eight the past two years and this year they sent three players to the NBA. When I was on campus the academics were real good.”
His stock rose during the summer when he made the AAU circuit. His head coach Norton Hurd exclaimed: “He was great for us this summer, he tore it up. He was the main key and we were 55-4. We won games without him when he got hurt but in the big games, we needed him, he was everything.
Black is the fourth Top 25 recruit that Drew has garnered in the past two seasons. Isaiah Austin, Ricardo Gathers and L.J. Rose are all part of the 2012 class that will take the floor for the Bears this fall.
Baylor finished 30-8 last season, and won 12 of 18 within Big 12 action. The Bears lost to the eventual national champion Kentucky Wildcats in the Elite 8. Despite losing Quincy Miller, Quincy Acy and Perry Jones III, the Bears still look to be near the top of the Big 12. Their leading scorer returning is Pierre Jackson.
The Bears have had some great luck with athletic forwards like Black in their program. It will be interesting to see how this young man fits in within the Big 12 and with an already talented Baylor Bears squad.