Don't think for a minute that Baylor coach Scott Drew is resting on his laurels just because his Bears were 28-8 and within one win of reaching the NCAA Final Four last season.
Earlier today, Baylor received oral commitments from Westchester Country Day School teammates Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello.
A 6-10, 195-pound forward, Miller is the No. 4 recruit in the nation by ESPNU and the No. 2 power forward by Scout.com. He also is a dynamite rebounder and shot-blocker who has NBA potential.
According to Scout.com, "Miller is a hybrid forward who plays facing the basket. His athleticism and quickness create problems for defenders as he easily gets to the rim and finishes with explosion. Shoots 3s, but its an area he can improve. Elite prospect.''
Bello, meanwhile, is a 6-3, 175-pound forward who is the No. 50th-ranked player in the nation by ESPNU. Here's what Scout.com had to say about Bello: "Potential elite prospect on the wing. Can play mulitple positions. Explosive, quick and a great leaper. Shot has progressed and he's got some physical ability that will put (him) in a category higher than his peers.''
Last year Drew signed Duncanville's Perry Jones, who was the No. 7th-ranked player in the nation by ESPNU. And Baylor already has received an oral commitment from Isaiah Austin of Grace Prep in Mansfield, who is the No. 4 player in the nation by ESPNU for the Class of 2012.
If all these talented players stay at Baylor through their senior season, look for the Bears to not only get to the Final Four one day in the near future, but perhaps win the whole thing.
For those who are laughing at that prospect, you probably never thought Baylor would take the eventual NCAA champion Duke Blue Devils down to the wire last year either, did you? And you also probably didn't think they would reach the Elite 8.
By the way, Baylor is ranked No. 10 on ESPN's Team Basketball Recruiting Rankings for the Class of 2011.
-- Dwain Price