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Royce O’Neale Gets Waiver, Adds Depth To the Baylor Bears

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The Baylor Bears already had a solid team entering the 2013-14 college basketball season, but they will add one more talented player to the team. Denver transfer Royce O’Neale was granted a waiver to play and this is great news for the Bears.

Baylor is going to have a solid frontcourt, but it could use some help in the backcourt. Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin will make sure that Baylor has one of the best frontcourts in the Big 12 and possible the nation. Both averaged around 13 points per game and eight boards per game last season.

Pierre Jackson will no longer be on the team. Jackson led the Bears in scoring and was their best player. His replacement at the point guard position should be JUCO transfer Kenny Chery.

O’Neale provides some much needed depth to the backcourt. He averaged 11.2 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and 3.5 assists per game last season. Denver does not play in the most competitive conference in college hoops, but O’Neale is still a very talented player and he put up solid numbers in the 2012-13 season.

Who knows what role O’Neale will play, but he will more than likely come off of the bench. He could be a spark for the Bears, which is never a bad thing.

Baylor will open up its season by playing the Colorado Buffaloes on Nov. 8. These two teams have split their last two matchups. It should be a great contest to say the least. The Bears enter the season with a top 25 ranking in the AP.

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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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