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2013 Forward Ishmail Wainright Verbally Commits to Baylor

Tyler Kaufman-US PRESSWIRE

Baylor head coach Scott Drew continues to lure some of the nation’s premier high school talent to Waco.

On Thursday night, 6-foot-6 forward Ishmail Wainright pledged to the Bears, becoming their second commitment from the class of 2013. Wainright will join Jonathan Motley on campus beginning next season.

On the heels of a run to the Elite 8, Drew must face the uncertainty of losing front line stars Quincy Acy, Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller. Well, with that being said, the recruiting trail has been kind to Drew and a top-10 class is now on campus ready to tighten things up and keep Baylor in the Big 12 hunt this season.

Headlined by 7-footer Isaiah Austin and strong forward Ricardo Gathers, Baylor once again features some elite talent in the paint. That ongoing trend of highly-regarded prospects heading to Waco has now continued following Wainright’s decision.

ESPN lists Wainright as the No. 26 overall prospect from within the senior class, while Rivals pins him at No. 50. A former Missouri commit, Wainright’s announcement ironically came on the same night that 6-foot-9 forward and fellow top-50 recruit Johnathan Williams III actually pledged in favor of the Tigers.

Wainright currently attends the Montrose Christian School (MD), although he is originally from the state of Missouri. His decision came in favor of the Bears after consideration from St. John’s, Texas and Ohio State. Wainright had visited Ohio State during the weekend of Oct. 5, and also had trips to St. John’s and Texas planned out.

Baylor however, was the decision on Thursday.


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