Junior White Station forward Leron Black, who became one of the highest rated basketball players in the 2014 class last September to commit, has de-committed from Baylor and re-opened his recruitment, Black told The Commercial Appeal Wednesday afternoon.
Black told the Baylor staff about his decision on Wednesday after his Christmas break was over.
“I feel like I didn’t really just look at the whole situation,” Black said. “Baylor was just recruiting me the most at the time. I didn’t know much about the whole college situation, and they were the only school recruiting me hard. I just got to thinking, and heard other schools wanted me and stuff, and I thought and prayed about it. I think I rushed it.”
Black is rated a 5-star prospect according to most scouting services. White Station coach Jesus Patino said Black made an emotional decision after his visit to Baylor and having the holiday break to think more about things, including religion, made some things clear to the young man.
“It was just so early,” Patino said. “They were missing the opportunity to get the experience and have more schools involved. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a high-profile and good kid.”
This time around, Black will take things slowly and not rush to judgment on anything, especially right after a visit.
“What I’m really gonna look at is, I’m gonna compare campuses and I’m just gonna see how the coaches are,” Black said. “I wanna be at a school where the coaches are Christians like myself. It’s been a good learning experience. I’ve just been thinking about it for a while. I just need to compare.”
Many schools would love to have Black on their team and his recruitment should be one of the most intense in the country over the coming year.
The front-runners now for Black have to include his home state Tennessee Volunteers as well as Georgetown, which is a great program. Things could shake up though if Kansas gets into the mix and offers him a scholarship as well. All we can do now is wait and see.
That’s what Black intends to do this time around.