In a recent article previewing the team for the upcoming season, ESPN is projecting the starting five to be Brady Heslip, Isaiah Austin, Cory Jefferson, Ishmail Wainright and Kenny Chery.
Austin and Jefferson are easily the two best returning players on the team and could help make up one of the best frontcourts in college basketball. However, Austin needs to meet expectations and Jefferson needs to play like he did in last year’s NIT.
Austin averaged 13 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game last season. Jefferson averaged 13.3 points per game and eight rebounds per game. Heslip averaged 8.6 points per game, but should be one of the best shooters in college hoops this season.
Wainright is a four-star recruit and is ranked No. 60 in the class of 2013. Chery was a JUCO player, but he could turn out to be the next Pierre Jackson, who was also a JUCO player. Jackson led the team in scoring last season and will be greatly missed.
The Bears have the talent to win a Big 12 title. That will not be an easy feat, though, as Kansas is ranked No. 6 and Oklahoma State is ranked No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Still, if the Bears play like a team and if Austin can become a star, the rest of college hoops better watch out.
Baylor will have a very solid starting five next season to say the least.