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Scott Drew Presented Frank Fallon Award Thursday
5:07 P.M., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE 
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During Thursday's annual Tip Off Luncheon at the Ferrell Center, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce presented Baylor head coach Scott Drew with the Frank Fallon Sportsmanship Award. The Frank Fallon Award is presented to an individual for dedicated service and positive relationships with players, fans, coaches and officials for the betterment of athletics in Central Texas.

The award is named for the legendary Frank Fallon, who served as the "Voice of the Baylor Bears" in football and basketball for 42 years. Fallon also spent 20 years as the public address announcer and "Voice of the NCAA Final Four," as well as doing television play-by-play for Southwest Conference basketball on NBC and ESPN. Fallon, who served as the "Voice of the Baylor Bears" from 1953-1995, passed away in 2004.


Bears Ranked No. 16 in AP Preseason Poll
12:01 A.M., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010
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A week after debuting at No. 14 in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Top 25, the Baylor men's basketball team is ranked No. 16 in the preseason AP Top 25 released Thursday. As was the case with the coaches' poll, Baylor is ranked in the preseason AP poll for the first time in school history.

Baylor's preseason ranking is the program's highest in the AP poll, besting its No. 18 ranking (then the top 20) way back in 1949.

Baylor finished the 2009-10 season ranked in the final AP and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Polls for the first time in school history. The Bears were ranked No. 10 in the final ESPN/USA Today poll and No. 19 in the final AP poll. Baylor's No. 10 ranking in the coaches' poll is the highest in program history. Last season, the Bears advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in the modern tournament era, while posting a school-record 28 victories.

Defending national champion Duke, which knocked off the Bears in the 2010 Elite Eight in Houston, is ranked No. 1. The Bears are one of four Big 12 teams in the preseason AP poll, joining No. 3 Kansas State, No. 7 Kansas and No. 15 Missouri.

BAYLOR'S HISTORY IN THE AP TOP 25 (gray boxes indicate Scott Drew era)

Week
AP Ranking
Jan. 25, 1949
18
Jan. 14, 1969
19
Feb. 11, 1969
19
Jan. 21, 2008 25
Jan. 28, 2008
25
Dec. 1, 2008
24
Dec. 8, 2008 22
Dec. 15, 2008
21
Dec. 22, 2008 21
Dec. 29, 2008 19
Jan. 5, 2009
23
Jan. 12, 2009
21
Jan. 11, 2010 22
Jan. 18, 2010
25
Jan. 25, 2010
24
Feb. 1, 2010
20
Feb. 8, 2010 24
Feb. 15, 2010
22
Feb. 22, 2010 24
March 1, 2010 21
March 8, 2010 21
March 15, 2010 19 [FINAL]
Oct. 28, 2010
16 [PRESEASON]

Baylor will open the 2010-11 season with seven consecutive home games beginning Nov. 12 with an 8:30 p.m. CT tip against Grambling State at the Ferrell Center.

To purchase individual game or season tickets, fans can call 254-710-1000 or visit the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) located at the Ferrell Center. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.BaylorBears.com.

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, don't forget to follow Full Court Press on Twitter (@BaylorFCP).


Acy, Ellis Visit Castleman Creek Elementary
8:50 P.M., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2010
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Baylor junior forwards Quincy Acy and Fred Ellis made a special visit to Castleman Creek Elementary in the Midway ISD in Hewitt. Quincy and Fred, along with Director of Basketball Operations Tim Maloney and Director of Video and Operations Jared Nuness, attended a Red Ribbon Week assembly Wednesday morning.

After Quincy and Fred shared their personal priorities and reasons to stay off drugs, the duo entertained the crowd with a dunk contest, while also talking to the kids about taking care of their health and bodies.


2010 Big 12 Men's Basketball Media Day
5:50 P.M., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010
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Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew's press conference was broadcast over the Sprint Center video boards at Big 12 Media Day on Thursday.

Photo Gallery | Scott Drew Quotes

The 2010 edition of Big 12 Men's Basketball Media Day is officially in the books. For the second consecutive year, Media Day was held in Kansas City, Mo., at the Sprint Center - site of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship. Like several teams, it was a quick trip as the Bears arrived at Kansas City Downtown Airport around 8:30 a.m. after departing Waco at - gulp - 6:30 a.m.

Baylor's Scott Drew, Quincy Acy and Perry Jones III arrived on time to run through the nearly four-hour gamut of media interviews, including Big12Sports.com, FSN, ESPNU, Sirius Satellite Radio and one-on-one interviews from local, regional and national media members.

The Baylor also did interviews with ESPN reporter Holly Rowe, ESPN.com blogger Eamonn Brennan (Acy) and ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla.

Over the course of the day, we learned: Quincy Acy is good at doing interviews (even though he claims not to like doing them), teammates call Perry Jones III 'PJ3' (playing off QB Robert Griffin III's RG3 nickname) and...Well, the rest you'll have to find out once our "Behind the Scenes" footage from Media Day is loaded later tonight.

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, don't forget to follow Full Court Press on Twitter (@BaylorFCP).


Bears Ranked No. 14 in ESPN/USA Today Preseason Poll
5:11 P.M., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE 
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The Baylor men's basketball team is ranked No. 14 in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll. The ranking marks the first time Baylor is ranked in the preseason coaches' poll.

Baylor finished the 2009-10 season ranked in the final AP and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Polls for the first time in school history. The Bears were ranked No. 10 in the final ESPN/USA Today poll and No. 19 in the final AP poll. Baylor's No. 10 ranking in the coaches' poll is the highest in program history. Last season, the Bears advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in the modern tournament era, while posting a school-record 28 victories.

Defending national champion Duke, which knocked off the Bears in the 2010 Elite Eight in Houston, is ranked No. 1. The Bears are one of five Big 12 teams ranked in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Top 25, joining No. 3 Kansas State, No. 7 Kansas, No. 15 Missouri and No. 25 Texas.

Baylor will face five opponents in the regular season which are ranked in the preseason Top 25: No. 3 Kansas State (Jan. 24 in Manhattan, Kan.), No. 7 Kansas (Jan. 17 in Waco), No. 12 Gonzaga (Dec. 18 in Dallas), No. 15 Missouri (Feb. 23 in Columbia, Mo.) and No. 25 Texas (Feb. 12 in Austin, Texas; March 5 in Waco). The Bears could face a sixth opponent ranked in the preseason Top 25 - No. 18 Butler at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22-25) in Honolulu.

Baylor will open the 2010-11 season with seven consecutive home games beginning Nov. 12 with an 8:30 p.m. CT tip against Grambling State at the Ferrell Center.

To purchase individual game or season tickets, fans can call 254-710-1000 or visit the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) located at the Ferrell Center. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.BaylorBears.com.


Dime Q&A with The Cookie Monster, Quincy Acy
1:40 P.M., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010
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Dime Magazine and DimeMag.com contributing writer Lucas Shapiro talked with Baylor junior PF Quincy Acy about his expectations for the upcoming 2010-11 season and how he learned to dunk...It's a good read. Acy and freshman PF Perry Jones III will appear Wednesday at Big 12 Media Day in Kansas City.


Video of Quincy Acy's 10 dunks vs. Texas in 2010 regular-season finale

Acy, who owns a career 68.2 field goal percentage, opens the 2010-11 season as Baylor's career leader in field goal percentage (minimum 300 attempts). The Mesquite, Texas, native holds the school's single-season FG percentage mark (69.7 percent in 2009-10) and is also the Baylor and Big 12 marks for consecutive FGs made (Acy made the career-first 20 FGs to open the 2008-09 season).

After watching the video above of Q's dunking contest (with himself), we leave you with this number: 56.3 percent...Of his 208 career field goals made in two seasons at Baylor, a little more than 56 percent (117) have been dunks.

"The Cookie Monster" is a highlight reel waiting to happen...

We are just 15 days away from Baylor opening the 2010-11 schedule in an exhibition contest against Midwestern State on Nov. 4 in the Ferrell Center. There's still plenty of time to purchase season tickets online. You can also call the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at (254) 710-1000 or visit in-person at the Ferrell Center.

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, don't forget to follow Full Court Press on Twitter (@BaylorFCP).


A New Season is Upon Us: Basketball is Officially Underway
8:37 P.M., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
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Head Coach Scott Drew speaks to the media prior to the start of Friday's practice.

Somewhere, Justin Cange is smiling. More than 200 days (202, to be exact) since Baylor walked off the Reliant Stadium court after a 78-71 Elite Eight loss to eventual national champion Duke, the Baylor Bears returned to the hardwood Friday night with the first official practice of the 2010-11 season. It was also the media's first glimpse at the new center-hung scoreboard in the Ferrell Center.

With the start of Friday's practice, there was no Midnight Madness like other schools. And with the start of Fall Break for Baylor students, the Baylor basketball team promptly started practice at 5 p.m. inside an empty Paul J. Meyer Sr. Arena in the Ferrell Center. The Bears opened practice with strength coach Charlie Melton before heading into shooting and position drills.

Expectations for the 2010-11 season are high following Baylor's 28-8 season and a 2010 Elite Eight run. We are only 20 days away from the Bears' Nov. 4 exhibition against Midwestern State, which is led by former Baylor letterwinners Grant McCasland (head coach) and Nelson Haggerty (assistant coach).

The Bears will hold a local media day next week before head coach Scott Drew, freshman Perry Jones III and junior Quincy Acy visit Kansas City for Big 12 Media Day at Spring Center on Thu., Oct. 21.

Basketball season is once again upon us.

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, don't forget to follow Full Court Press on Twitter (@BaylorFCP).


2010-11 Preseason Rankings
2:22 P.M., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
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Coming off a school-record 28 wins and a trip to the Elite Eight in 2010, Baylor is ranked in the preseason Top 25 by 10 media outlets. As we count down to the official start of the 2010-11 season, here's a rundown of Baylor's preseason Top 25 rankings:

Publication
Ranking
Athlon Sports
No. 10
CBSSports.com No. 10
SLAM Magazine
No. 12
NBC Sports
No. 13
Lindy's
No. 15
Blue Ribbon
No. 16
Sporting News
No. 16
FOXSports.com
No. 17
ESPN.com
No. 17
Dick Vitale
No. 20

Baylor finished the 2009-10 season ranked in the final AP (No. 19) and ESPN/USA Today Coaches (No. 10) Top 25 polls for the first time in school history.


Friday Morning Trio
9:30 A.M., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010
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Baylor's 2010-11 season officially begins this evening when the Bears take to the court for their practice at 5 p.m. inside the Ferrell Center. Baylor, a preseason Top-25 team by many publications, is ranked No. 13 by NBC Sports' Mike Miller.

SI.com's Luke Winn lists Baylor F/C Perry Jones III as one of his "Top 16 Impact Freshmen," listing the 6-foot-11 from Duncanville, Texas, at No. 8 on his list. Winn on Jones III:

"Perry Jones III is the highest-rated recruit ever to commit to Baylor; he's an intriguing physical specimen whose NBA future is on the wing, not the block, as a hybrid shooting guard/small forward. He won't score like Kevin Durant did as a freshman at Texas, but he'll still be an incredible matchup problem for opposing forwards in the Big 12."

Winn also lists Baylor's frontcourt foursome of Jones III, Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones and J'mison Morgan as the 12th-best frontcourt in all of college basketball. Winn on Baylor's frontcourt:

"Acy is a 6-foot-7 leaper who led the NCAA in field-goal percentage last season at 69.7 - mostly because he was throwing down dunks on feeds from the Bears' talented guards. Jones III, a five-star small forward, is the most highly touted recruit ever to play for Baylor, and is projected as a top-five pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. The Bears added depth when Morgan received an immediate-eligibility waiver after transferring out of UCLA."

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, don't forget to follow Full Court Press on Twitter (@BaylorFCP).


Baylor Alum Melvin Hunt Hired by Nuggets
12:33 P.M., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2010
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On Monday, the Denver Nuggets announced the hiring of former Baylor Bears guard Melvin Hunt as an assistant coach. Hunt has 11 years of NBA coaching and scouting experience, most recently serving as an assistant for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005-10.

While in Cleveland, Hunt helped lead the Cavaliers to one of the most successful stretches in franchise history. In 2008-09, the Cavs won a franchsie- and NBA-best 66 games, while Hunt and his coaching staff earned the honor of coaching the Eastern Conference in the 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix.

Before joining the Cavaliers staff, Hunt spent one season (2004-05) as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers and five seasons with the Houston Rockets (1999-2004). While with the Rockets, he served two years as a video coordinator/scout and two years as an assistant coach before spending his final year as the team's college and international scout.

Hunt was a four-year letterman at Baylor from 1987-91 and currently holds the school career record for 3-point field goal percentage (50.0 percent). He later played professionally in the Caribbean and Mexico before beginning his coaching as an assistant coach at Temple (Texas) High School. He later moved to the college ranks, where he was the lead assistant coach at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, don't forget to follow Full Court Press on Twitter (@BaylorFCP).

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