Friday August 8th, 2014

Joseph Acuil, a seven-foot, Australian center from Neosho County (Kan.) Community College, has verbally committed to Baylor, according to

Acuil averaged 11.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks as a freshman at Neosho County.

Acuil joins four-star shooting guard King McClure as the second player in the class of 2015 to commit to Baylor.

Neosho County coach Jeremy Coombs spoke to the Waco Tribune-Herald, which reported that Acuil chose Baylor over several high-major programs, including LSU, Oklahoma and Iowa State.

“Joe is a big man who can play inside and out,” Coombs said. “He’s a rim protector and rebounder and runs the floor well. He’s very skilled and can knock down the 3.”

Coombs said Acuil had to learn to play a faster style of basketball at Neosho, and is still bulking up his lanky frame.

“He came in at 195 or so, and is 210 now,” Coombs said. “He still has room to put on more weight. We play very fast here, but with his skill set and ability to run the floor, it didn’t take him long to figure it out.”

Baylor went 26-12 last season and earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 2 seed Wisconsin in the Sweet 16.

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