October 26, 2016

Baylor Preview Capsule

By The Associated Press=

Baylor

Last season: 22-12.

Nickname: Bears.

Coach: Scott Drew.

Conference: Big 12.

Who's gone: G Lester Medford, F Taurean Prince, F Rico Gathers.

Who's back: F Johnathan Motley, a preseason All-Big 12 pick who will be looked upon for a bigger role with the departures of Prince and Gathers; G Al Freeman, the top returning scorer with 11.3 points a game; F Ishmail Wainright, who started every game last season; G King McClure.

Who's new: G Manu Lecomte, a transfer from Miami, where he played all 38 games as a sophomore in 2014-15; F Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., a 7-foot junior college transfer with shot-blocking ability. Missed last season for medical reasons, but granted sixth-year waiver from NCAA that gives him two seasons left at Baylor.

The Skinny: After losing their NCAA Tournament opener for the second year in a row, the Bears are still considered an upper-half team in the Big 12. They have several talented guards, and some options to fill the big holes in the frontcourt. Drew has another team capable of getting the school's seventh NCAA bid in 10 years.

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