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Baylor Bears Need A Big Season Out of Brady Heslip

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Brady Heslip did not have the best season for the Baylor Bears last year, but that was kind of the case about the entire team until they played in the NIT. Whether the case, Baylor needs a big season out of Heslip in the 2013-14 college basketball season.

Heslip is the kind of shooter than can make 10 three-pointers in a row. That may seem like a lot, but he did manage to drain nine threes against Colorado in the 2012 NCAA Tournament–on the biggest stage in college hoops.

Heslip is usually the best shooter on the court, and he needs to show that in the upcoming season. He went from a 45.5 percent three-point shooter to a 38.6 percent three-point shooter in just one season. Both numbers are very good, but Heslip shot worse and he made less threes this past season.

His playing time decreased a little, but nothing too major. He averaged 8.6 points per game last season, but he should easily be able to average more than 10 points per game.

The Bears are going to be set in the frontcourt, thanks to Isaiah Austin returning, but they may struggle in the backcourt. That is why Heslip has to have a big season and step up his game a notch or two or three.

Three-point shooters aren’t always the most important players on the team, but man are they fun to watch. In Heslip’s case, he could be great in the upcoming season if he can shoot around 45.5 percent again. More attempts would be great as well.

It will be an interesting season for Baylor to say the least, but the talent is definitely there.

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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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