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A Look At Baylor Bears’ Kenny Chery For the Upcoming Season

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Pierre Jackson was great for the Baylor Bears the last two season. He was formerly a JUCO player and that is the same case with Kenny Chery, who will be joining the team for the 2013-14 college basketball season.

Another thing that these two players have in common is that they are both point guards. However, Chery will have the tough task of taking over as the new field general. He has some big shoes to fill considering that Jackson scored 19.8 points per game and 7.1 assists per game.

Those are some monster numbers and it would be hard to see Chery doing that right off of the bat. Chery stands at 6’1” and he will have to make an instant impact.

Baylor has plenty of talent for the upcoming season and Isaiah Austin returning to the team was shocking, but it was also a huge boost to the Bears’ lineup.

Just like previous seasons, Baylor will be stacked with talent in the frontcourt. Cory Jefferson is another player returning and he managed to average 13.3 points and eight rebounds per game last season.

It will be up to Chery to dish passes to the big men in the frontcourt and run this offense in general. Brady Heslip will be alongside Chery in the backcourt and Heslip could very well be one of the best three-point shooters in the nation–made 45.5 percent of his threes in the 2011-12 season and 38.6 percent from long range last season.

So although Chery has some big shoes to fill, he has a boat load of talent around him, which should help him succeed for Baylor in the 2013-14 season.

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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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