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

By Trevor Lowry
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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