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Baylor Bears Will Have A Solid Starting Five

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The Baylor Bears will be losing their best player from last year’s team, but they will still have a solid starting five in the 2013-14 college basketball season.

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.

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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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