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Baylor Bears Anxiously Waiting A Decision from Isaiah Austin

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The Baylor Bears ended their season on the highest-note they possibly could by winning the NIT. Sure, it would have been swell to make the big dance and all, but they didn’t and now it is time to make their journey through the offseason.

Like many teams around them, Baylor’s future success may hinge on a player or two deciding not to go pro in something other than something other than sports (Get it? The play on the commercial).

Isaiah Austin might end up being the one who holds the Bears’ future in that kind of a decision. The big man was projected to be a top 10 pick coming into the season, but many experts have him falling to the back end of the first round. Meaning, there is hope that he may return to the program to solidify his spot in the lottery.

It isn’t a given that he would though. Being a first round pick would give Austin a guaranteed contract. Going back to school might improve his game, but ultimately take a year off the “potential” tag folks love to give guys early in their careers. If he were to come back, end up being a similar player he were to last season, it could really hamper his draft stock.

Baylor would certainly love to have him back. They have all kinds of scholarship issues that could be cleared up with a player declaring early entry to the draft. However, it being this late in the recruiting stage, replacing Austin would be nearly impossible.

All the Bears can do now is twiddle their thumbs and pray for the best.

 

Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone

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NCAA Tournament Profile: Baylor Bears

Record: 24-9

RPI: 10

BPI: 19

Conference: Big 12 Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

Region: No. 3 seed in West

 

The Baylor Bears didn’t win the Big 12 title, but there was no question that they were an NCAA tournament team entering the Big 12 tourney. That tends to be the case when a team is ranked in the top 25 entering the final week of the season.

The Bears had the pleasure of playing in the dance last season, but they went down to the Wisconsin Badgers, who ended up making a run to the Final Four.

This time around, they have the talent to make a similar run to Wisconsin’s, and playing in the very deep Big 12 certainly didn’t hurt. Translation: Baylor is tournament tested, if you will.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Taurean Prince (13.8 PPG)

Leading Rebounder: Rico Gathers (11.6 RPG)

Leading Passer: Kenny Chery (4.0 APG)

Bad Losses: None

Good Wins: Iowa State (twice), Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia (x3)

 

Would you look at all of those quality wins. Iowa State, Oklahoma and West Virginia all have the talent to make a Final Four run. All three of those teams won’t make that type of run, but the talent is still definitely there.

Although Baylor doesn’t exactly have star power, said star power doesn’t always mean everything, especially in a tournament as crazy as the Big Dance. The team does have four players who are averaging 10+ points per game, and can keep up with the best of them. Once again, the Bears did manage to knock off Iowa State … twice.

The Baylor Bears are dancing!

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

The Baylor Bears may have had an early exit last season, but this year's squad has the talent to make a serious run.

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