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Busy May Continues
12:57 P.M., WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

For those of you not following the Baylor Sports Ministry team's journey in Kenya, you need to. The team's blog includes some great photos, testimonials, videos and a few candids of men's basketball forward Fred Ellis. Freddy won't be the only men's basketball player going overseas this summer...Soon-to-be sophomores A.J. Walton and Cory Jefferson will be traveling with Athletes In Action for its 10-day tour of Poland. The 10 Division I players depart May 29 and will play four games against pro teams before returning stateside June 7. 

Walton and Jefferson are playing with AIA as part of the same European tour as teammate Quincy Acy did last summer. You can watch all four AIA basketball games from Poland LIVE online.

UDOH WATCH 3.0
In ESPN.com Insider's Chad Ford first NBA mock draft, he projected Ekpe Udoh to go to the Indiana Pacers with the 10th overall pick. In version 2.0, Ford had Udoh going to the L.A. Clippers with the No. 8 overall pick. Udoh's stock has slipped, according to Ford's latest mock draft projections, as 'The Nightmare' is slated to go to the Houston Rockets with the No. 14 pick - the last pick in the lottery.

Site Draft Pick (* Lottery)
Team
DraftExpress.com
8th*
L.A. Clippers
The Hoop Doctors
8th*
L.A. Clippers
NBA Draft Depot
10th*
Indiana Pacers
Houston Chronicle
10th*
Indiana Pacers
Chad Ford
14th*
Houston Rockets
NBADraft.Net
16th
Minnesota Timberwolves

We should know in the next few weeks if Udoh will be invited to the NBA Draft in New York City. We think he will definitely be in the Green Room at Madison Square Garden. The 2010 NBA Draft will air live June 24 beginning at 6 p.m. CDT on ESPN. Click here for the first and second round NBA Draft order.

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Drew, Dunn Take Home Top TABC Honors
2:15 P.M., FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Congratulations to Baylor head men's basketball coach Scott Drew and soon-to-be senior shooting guard LaceDarius Dunn for being named the Division I Men's Coach of the Year and Division I Men's Player of the Year, respectively, by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. In his seventh season at Baylor, Drew led the Bears to a school-record 28 wins and an Elite Eight appearance in Houston.

Dunn, who is thought of by many as the nation's best two-guard, averaged nearly 20.0 points per game, while establishing the Baylor single-season and career records for 3-point field goals made. The Monroe, La., native ranks fourth all-time at Baylor with 1,739 career points and needs 460 points to become the school's all-time leading scorer.

McCASLAND NAMED SMALL COLLEGE COACH OF THE YEAR
Former Baylor Bear and current Midwestern University head coach Grant McCasland was named TABC's Men's Small College Coach of the Year. In his first season at Midwestern, McCasland guided the Mustangs to a 31-3 record and a trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass. McCasland, a 1999 graduate of Baylor, played four seasons as a walk-on guard for Harry Miller.


Final Recruiting Class Rankings and Still More Mock Drafts
3:22 P.M., THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Baylor's three-man 2010 recruiting class ranks No. 22 in ESPN's final team recruiting rankings that were released earlier today. The Bears are ranked third among Big 12 schools - behind Texas (No. 8), Missouri (No. 14) and ahead of Kansas (No. 23). Head coach Scott Drew's recruiting class features ESPNU No. 7 overall prospect Perry Jones (Duncanville, Texas) and ESPNU No. 88 overall prospect Stargell Love (Lumberton, N.C.). Add Bakari Turner (Plano, Texas) to the mix and the Bears are looking pretty good in 2010-11. Rivals.com also lists Baylor's 2010 class as a Top-25 group, ranking the Bears No. 25 overall - and fourth among Big 12 schools (see previous three mentioned - Texas, Missouri and Kansas).

MORE MOCK DRAFTS
The NBA Draft Combine began today in Chicago and, while projected lottery pick Ekpe Udoh elected not to participate in the basketball drills, his name is still hovering around lottery status. 'The Nightmare' is one of 14 prospects listed in the Minnesota Timberwolves' Draft Central. In three more NBA Mock Drafts, KansasCity.com predicts the New Orleans Hornets to take Udoh with the 11th overall pick. Pistons.com also took a shot at predicting the first round with its mock draft...And they, too, think that Udoh will wind up in NOLA in the No. 11 slot.


More Mock Drafts: Udoh Becoming Solid Lottery Pick
2:29 P.M., WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Since our last NBA mock draft update earlier today, Baylor NBA-bound power forward Ekpe Udoh has appeared in several more mock draft boards as a solid lottery pick. HoopsWorld.com projects Udoh as the No. 7 overall pick by the Detroit Pistons in next month's NBA Draft - Udoh's highest draft projection thus far.

SI.com and NBC Sports also have 'The Nightmare' as a potential lottery selection; Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen has the Utah Jazz drafting Udoh with the No. 9 overall pick, while the Memphis Grizzlies are projected to pick Udoh 12th overall, according to NBA Sports. Dime Magazine thinks Udoh will slip to the Miami Heat, which have the 18th overall selection.

Udoh will be attending the NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago today and tomorrow.


NBA Mock Drafts, v2.0: From Clipper Red to Memphis Blues
10:14 A.M., WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Prior to game two of the Eastern Conference Finals last night, the NBA held its annual Draft Lottery in Secaucus, N.J. And, against all odds - no seriously, they had a 10.3 percent chance of winning - the Washington Wizards were awarded the No. 1 overall pick in next month's NBA Draft. The Washington Post has a great breakdown of how the NBA Draft Lottery works, chances of winning, etc.

If you remember our post from two weeks ago, you'll remember that ESPN.com Insider Chad Ford projected Ekpe Udoh to go to the Indiana Pacers with the No. 10 overall pick. Now that the 2010 NBA Draft order is complete, NBA mock draft boards far and wide have updated their projections and Udoh is anywhere from a No. 8 pick to No. 25.

Site Draft Pick (* Lottery)
Team
DraftExpress.com
8th*
L.A. Clippers
Chad Ford
8th*
L.A. Clippers
MyNBADraft.com
9th*
Utah Jazz
NBA-Draft.com 10th*
Indiana Pacers
NBA FanHouse
11th*
New Orleans Hornets
Draft Depot
11th*
New Orleans Hornets
Draftology.net
11th*
New Orleans Hornets
CollegeHoops.Net 13th*
Toronto Raptors
Sporting News
13th*
Toronto Raptors
TheHoopsReport.com
14th*
Houston Rockets
NBADraft.net
15th
Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Draft Room
15th
Milwaukee Bucks
Yahoo! Sports
18th
Miami Heat
Draftek
25th
Memphis Grizzlies

The 2010 NBA Draft will air live June 24 beginning at 6 p.m. CDT on ESPN. Click here for the first and second round NBA Draft order.


Former Assistant to be Inducted into Hall of Fame
3:25 P.M., TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Former Baylor basketball assistant coach Larry Brown is one of seven people that will inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2010. 

Brown, a 1971 Stephen F. Austin graduate, spent the 1995-96 season as an assistant on Harry Miller's staff at Baylor. One of the original founders of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, Brown served as president for the association in 1979-81 - one of only two coaches to serve two terms.

All seven honorees will be inducted at the Hall of Fame banquet during the TABC clinic May 22 in San Antonio. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $10 for TABC members can be purchased by contacting the TABC office at (281) 313-8222.


Winningest Senior Class Leaves Baylor as Graduates
3:13 P.M., MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Tweety Carter and Josh Lomers were two of 44 Baylor student-athletes that received their bachelor's degree during graduation ceremonies held in the Ferrell Center over the weekend. Carter and Lomers comprise the winningest senior class in Baylor basketball history, leading the Bears to three consecutive postseason appearances and three straight 20-win seasons.

Baylor head coach Scott Drew has graduated 13 out of 14 seniors during his tenure along the banks of the Brazos River. The 14th is Aaron Bruce, who is scheduled to graduate this summer.

Congratulations to Tweety and Josh on earning their degrees and we wish them the best of luck in their future (and hopefully, professional basketball) endeavors.


Baylor No. 28 in Total Attendance for 2009-10
11:01 A.M., WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

The NCAA released the final attendance figures for the 2009-10 season and the Baylor Bears ranked 28th overall in total attendance. More than 403,000 fans flocked to arenas and stadiums nationwide to watch the Bears this past season. Baylor, which finished the season 28-8 and lost to eventual national champion Duke in the Elite Eight, outdrew national runner-up Butler, which ranked 29th with 401,314 fans.

For the first time in league history, all 12 conference squads are ranked among the top 100 nationally in attendance. As a conference, the Big 12 set a record with an average of 11,214 fans total coming through the turnstiles. Baylor, which established Ferrell Center records for average and single-game attandance, ranked 69th nationally in average home attandance.

Rk School
Attendance
Rk
School
Attendance
1 Kentucky 724,145 16 Kansas State 450,159
2 Duke 679,274 17 Maryland 445,431
3 Syracuse 653,366 18 Georgetown 441,789
4 North Carolina
598,610 19 Minnesota 437,499
5 Michigan State
589,783 20 N.C. State
431,739
6 Tennessee 588,824 21 Memphis 429,140
7 Louisville 569,740 22 UConn 425,102
8 Kansas 562,726 23 BYU 422,556
9 Ohio State
550,441 24 Vanderbilt 416,564
10 West Virginia
531,732 25 Arkansas 411,342
11 Illinois 485,557 26 New Mexico
410,555
12 Purdue 481,839 27 Indiana 409,990
13 Texas 477,369 28 BAYLOR 403,393
14 Marquette 473,992 29 Butler 401,314
15 Wisconsin 472,490 30 Florida 399,173

The 403,393 Baylor Nation faithful is a school record for total single-season attendance. During the Bears' NIT run to Madison Square Garden in 2008-09, only 337,000 fans walked through the turnstiles to watch Baylor. And with preseason expectations already reaching an all-time high, 2010-11 could be yet another record-setting season. Oh, and add another top-15 preseason ranking for the Bears - No. 15 by Rivals.com.


With Winning Comes Great Expectations
3:13 P.M., TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

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No. 4 = Quincy Acy and Baylor's preseason ranking in Andy Katz's Top 25

Over the last three seasons under head coach Scott Drew, Baylor basketball has risen to new heights. How high is that rise? Well, the program is still rising. Baylor is 73-34 in its last 107 games (.682 winning percentage), while posting three consecutive 20-win seasons and three straight postseason appearances. And there are no signs of letting up.

Now, 45 days after falling to eventual national champion Duke in the Elite Eight, Baylor's expectations have increased. Even with the loss of seniors Tweety Carter, Josh Lomers and projected NBA lottery pick Ekpe Udoh. With winning comes great expectations. Last month, ESPN.com bracketologist Joe Lunardi annointed Baylor as one of his four No. 1 seeds in his early projections for the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Another ESPN college basketball analyst - Andy Katz - thinks highly of Drew's 2010-11 squad. Very highly. When Baylor fans here the No. 4, they think of Quincy Acy. Now, the No. 4 represents Katz's preseason ranking of the Bears. Baylor is three spots below the Blue Devils in Katz's initial poll; here's what Katz had to say about the Bears:

"Putting Baylor this high puts a lot on the shoulders of incoming freshman Perry Jones. Let's see if he lives up to the hype of being not just better than Ekpe Udoh but the best big man in the country. The Bears also lost Tweety Carter, but return LaceDarius Dunn and can legimately claim to be the team to beat in the Big 12..."

Baylor is surrounded by many familiar faces in Katz's Top 25 - No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Purdue, No. 5 Kansas State, No. 14 Missouri, No. 16 Kansas, No. 21 Georgetown, No. 22 Virginia Tech and No. 24 San Diego State.

Rush The Court also has Baylor in the top 10, ranking the Bears No. 9 in its Post-Deadline (NBA Draft) Top 25...SI.com's Luke Winn lists Baylor No. 13 in his post-NBA Draft exodus College Basketball Power Rankings. Winn also cites an interesting stat featuring scoring machine LaceDarius Dunn:

"The Bears' defensive is going to take a step back without Ekpe Udoh in the middle, but the focal point of their offense, LaceDarius Dunn, is back for another year in the 31 Percent Club - a crew of about 70 players nationwide who take at least 31 percent of their team's shots while on the floor."

Among those (31 Percent Club members) returning among major-conference teams: Trey Thompkins (Georgia), Klay Thompson (Washington State), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Kim English (Missouri) and E'Twaun Moore (Purdue).

We conclude with Jeff Goodman's 2010-11 Preseason Top 25 Poll. Like the others, he projects Baylor as a top-20 team in 2010-11, ranking the Bears No. 17 in his preseason poll.

FYI...College basketball starts in 157 days.


NBA Mock Drafts, v1.0: An Indiana 'Nightmare'?
10:52 A.M., THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)


Early signs (i.e. NBA Lottery Mock Draft on ESPN.com) point to Ekpe Udoh becoming the first lottery pick in program history in the 2010 NBA Draft (June 24).

Just try the NBA Lottery Mock Draft on ESPN.com. NBA Insider's Chad Ford breaks down 2,184 potential lottery scenarios based on the current standings...Every time you play, it generates a new 'lottery'. We simulated the NBA Lottery Mock Draft 10 different times...Baylor All-America power forward Ekpe Udoh was projected to go to the Indiana Pacers with either the No. 10 or No. 11 selection all 10 times.

The 2010 NBA Draft Lottery will be held Tue., May 18, and the NBA Draft will take place five weeks later on Thurs., June 24, at 6 p.m. CDT on ESPN in New York City. Everyone's NBA Mock Draft boards will change after they learn the Draft Lottery order later this month...Until then, here's what some of the NBA Mock Draft boards think about Udoh:

Site Draft Pick (* Lottery)
Team
MyNBADraft.com
10th*
Indiana Pacers
DraftExpress.com
10th*
Indiana Pacers
Draft Depot
11th*
New Orleans Hornets
Draftology.net
11th*
New Orleans Hornets
College Hoops Update
11th*
New Orleans Hornets
NBA Sports
12th*
Memphis Grizzlies
TheHoopsReport.com
12th*
Memphis Grizzlies
NBA-Draft.com 13th*
Toronto Raptors
NBA FanHouse
14th*
Memphis Grizzlies
NBA Draft Room
15th
Milwaukee Bucks
TheDraftReview
17th
Chicago Bulls
NBADraft.net
18th
Miami Heat
Draftek
25th
Memphis Grizzlies

Where will Udoh land? Like the months-worth of Bracketology, no one knows for sure. But, once the NBA Lottery order is revealed later this month, we will have a better idea. 

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