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Official 2010 USA Select Team Photo
9:52 A.M., FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE 
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Baylor men's basketball senior guard LaceDarius Dunn (middle row, third from right) was one of 20 college basketball players selected to the 2010 USA Select Team earlier this month. Dunn and the USA Select Team trained against the 2010 USA National Team in Las Vegas. The Monroe, La., native was one of three Big 12 players on the USA Select Team - Kansas State's Jacob Pullen and Kansas' Marcus Morris.


ESPN Summer Buzz: Baylor
4:44 P.M., FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010
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During the summer, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Insider are previewing the 20 big-name college basketball programs before classes start for the fall semester. Friday's ESPN Summer Buzz preview features the Baylor Bears...

Here's a snippet from Friday's Summer Buzz article written by ESPN The Magazine's LaRue Cook:

You can't blame head coach Scott Drew for getting a little emotional following Baylor's 78-71 loss to Duke in last year's Elite Eight. A win would've sent the school to the Final Four for the first time in 60 years. But the reason behind Drew getting choked up wasn't because his Bears almost made history -- the pride stemmed from how far they've come in what has seemed like seven long years.

When Drew took over at Waco in 2003, the team had been rocked by the murder of forward Patrick Dennehy and was trying to rebuild on probation after NCAA sanctions. Baylor suffered through four straight losing seasons before notching 21 wins in 2007-08, its first 20-win season and first NCAA berth in two decades. "The last three years have been like a proud parent watching their kids grow up," says Drew.

After posting a school-record 28 wins in '09-10, he must be beaming. But the fun is just beginning with a Texas-sized target on the Bears' back.

The Big 12's top returning scorer, senior LaceDarius Dunn (19.6 ppg), decided against the NBA draft, which is the good news. The bad news: Fourth-year junior and leading rebounder Ekpe Udoh went sixth overall to the Golden State Warriors, while senior starters Tweety Carter (first in assists, second in scoring) and Josh Lomers graduated. That leaves Dunn alone in a conference that has four teams -- Missouri, Colorado, Kansas State, Texas Tech -- with four of their top five scorers returning. "It doesn't matter how you start, but how you finish," Drew says. "Two years ago we weren't picked to do well and made the NCAAs, then we were picked high and went to the NIT. Last season, we weren't picked high, and made it to the Elite Eight. Ask me in January how we're doing."

ESPN.com's Eamonn Brennan has more Summer Bluzz about Baylor on the College Basketball Nation Blog. Be sure to read Andy Katz's great article on Baylor renting the Reliant Stadium court for the last two months in the Whetsel Practice Facility.

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


Follow the Bears to 2010 Diamond Head Classic
11:09 A.M., WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2010
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Spend the Christmas holiday in Hawai`i and cheer on the Baylor Bears to victory. Scott Drew and the Bears will travel to Honolulu and the island of O`ahu for the 2010 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. And, Anthony Travel - the Official Travel Provider for Baylor Athletics - is also the Official Fan Travel Provider for the Diamond Head Classic. Official spectator packages - which includes hotel accommodations, admission to tournament games, game day transportation and more - are available through Anthony Travel.

The 2010 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will be held Dec. 22-25 at the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. The DHC field includes Butler, Florida State, Hawai`i, Mississippi State, San Diego, Utah and Washington State.

For more information or to make reservations, please visit www.DiamondHeadClassic.com or call (888) 632-6951.


Lomers Named to NABC Honors Court
4:14 P.M., MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010
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Former Baylor center Josh Lomers was recently recognized for his excellence in the classroom when he was named to the 2009-10 Honors Court by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The  Boerne, Texas, native was a three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection - the first three-time all-academic selection in program history. He started all 36 games at center in 2009-10, finishing his career with 47 consecutive starts (Baylor went 37-10 in those games). He posted career-best season averages for points (6.6), rebounds (3.7) and blocked shots (1.1), while shooting 69.69 percent (92-of-132) from the floor. That shooting percentage ranked second on the team behind Quincy Acy's 69.74 percent. He concluded his career as Baylor's all-time leader with 82 career victories and second all-time in career FG percentage (66.3).

A four-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient, Lomers graduated in May 2010 with a degree in human resource management and finance.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:

  1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2009-10 academic year.
  3. Student-athletes must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
  4. Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA institution.
Lomers is the second player under head coach Scott Drew to earn NABC Honors Court honors. In 2008, Mark Shepherd was named to the Honors Court.

Jerrells, Lomers Conclude Summer League
9:55 P.M., SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2010
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Former Baylor standouts Curtis Jerrells and Josh Lomers concluded play at the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas Sunday, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 5-0 record. Jerrells made four starts at point guard for the Spurs and averaged 10.8 points, 4.4 assists and 2.0 steals in 26.8 minutes. CJ scored a SL-high 20 points vs. the Atlanta Hawks on July 14. He later set SL highs with seven assists and five steals in a 77-62 over the L.A. Clippers on July 17. Lomers saw action in four games off the bench and played a SL-high 11 minutes and grabbed two rebounds against the Clippers.

Earlier this month, Tweety Carter played in the Orlando Pro Summer League for the New Jersey Nets. Carter averaged 6.5 points and 3.0 assists in four contests (16.3 minutes per game). The Reserve, La., native posted his best SL performance when he scored 10 points in 21 minutes in an 86-68 win over the Boston Celtics.


Acy Attends Big 12 Leadership Summit
3:29 P.M., SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2010
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Baylor junior power forward - and one of the nation's most entertaining dunkers - Quincy Acy is one of four student-athletes participating at the inaugural "Today's Champions - Tomorrow's Leaders" Leadership Summit in Lawrence, Kan., this weekend. Acy is joined by track's Marcus Boyd, volleyball's Briana Tolbert and softball's Kayce Walker. The inaugural Big 12 leadership summit is hosted by the University of Kansas.

The conference, which will consist of 48 student-athletes from all Big 12 member institutions, was initiated by the Big 12 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a way for students to hone their leadership skills amongst their peers. Student-athletes will spend the weekend at the Oread Hotel attending leadership development seminars and working sessions to enhance their leadership abilities and develop a sense of community within the conference.


Heslip On Canada's Development Men's National Team
4:35 P.M., FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010
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One of Baylor's newest additions will be touring Europe with his fellow countrymen...Boston College transfer Brady Heslip was one of 20 Canadian basketball players invited to the 2010 Development Men's National Team (DMNT) Training Camp this past week at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The DMNT - and Heslip - departs for London tonight and will begin its eight-game competitive exhibition tour Sun., July 18, vs. Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in Ostende, Belgium. The DMNT will also play against teams from Belgium, Great Britain, Finland, the Netherlands and Spain. Following the tour, athletes from the team will be selected to continue with the Senior Men's National Team (SMNT) training camp beginning in August.

A native of Burlington, Ontario, Heslip joined the Boston College team in December 2009 after spending the fall 2009 semester at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep, where he averaged 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds. Heslip was a three-time Halton all-star selection for Nelson High School (Burlington, Ontario) and averaged 28.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a senior for the Lords. Heslip, who served as team captain as a senior, scored a school-record 54 points vs. Notre Dame in February 2009.

Heslip's dad, Tom, was an All-Canadian basketball player at the University of Guelph in 1980. His uncle, Jay Triano, played the Canadian national team for 11 years and is now the head coach for the NBA's Toronto Raptors.

2010 DEVELOPMENT MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM COMPETITION SCHEDULE
Sun., July 18 - vs. Cote D'Ivoire (Ostende, Belgium)
Mon., July 19 - vs. Belgium (Antwerp, Belgium)
Wed., July 21 - vs. Great Britain (London, England)
Thu., July 22 - vs. Finland (London England)
Fri., July 23 - vs. Netherlands (Netherlands)
Sat., July 24 - vs. Netherlands (Netherlands)
Sat., July 31 - vs. Cote D'Ivoire (Gran Canaria, Spain)
Mon., Aug. 1 - vs. Spain (Gran Canaria, Spain)

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


Tweety Debuts with Nets in Summer League Opener
9:25 P.M., MONDAY, JULY 5, 2010
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Former Baylor All-American point guard Tweety Carter scored five points and dished out four assists in 17 minutes in his NBA Summer League debut with the New Jersey Nets Monday. However, the Nets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 84-74, at the RDV Sportsplex. Carter was 1-of-5 from the floor and 1-of-4 from 3-point range.

Terrance Williams led the Nets with 23 points and seven assists, while Ben Uzoh and former Texas Longhorn Damion James each scored 11 points. Carter and the Nets will face the Boston Celtics Tuesday at 4 p.m. CDT in the second of summer league play in Orlando.


Photos: Whetsel Practice Facility's New Court
4:24 P.M., THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010
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March 2010 vs. Duke in NCAA South Region Final


July 2010 in Whetsel Practice Facility

Photo Gallery

The Reliant Stadium court (pictured, top) used during the 2010 NCAA South Region semifinals and final now resides inside Baylor's Lt. Jack Whetsel Jr. Practice Facility. The court was installed last month after a construction crew replaced the old surface.

On this same court back in March, Baylor defeated No. 10 seed Saint Mary's in the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion Duke in the Elite Eight in Houston. Be sure to check out the photo gallery of Baylor's new practice court.

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


Baylor to be Well Represented in NBA Summer Leagues
3:26 P.M., THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010
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Baylor will be well represented at this month's NBA summer leagues in Orlando and Las Vegas. Three players - Ekpe Udoh (Golden State), Curtis Jerrells (scheduled to play for San Antonio) and Tweety Carter (New Jersey) - and possibly a fourth - Josh Lomers - will see summer action. Udoh and Jerrells will play in Las Vegas (July 9-18), while Carter will play in Orlando (July 5-9). Lomers will work out for the San Antonio Spurs next week...and, if all things go well, he could find himself playing with Jerrells in Vegas later this month.

Fans can follow the former Bears live on NBA.com Summer League Broadband or on NBATV. Here are the summer league schedules:

AIRTRAIN AIRWAYS PRO SUMMER LEAGUE (ORLANDO)
All times CDT; Games played on Magic Practice Court at RDV Sportsplex (Closed to the Public)
*Indicates live on NBA TV

Monday, July 5
*New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, July 6
*Indiana vs. New Jersey, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 7
*New Jersey vs. Orlando, 4 p.m.

Thursday, July 8
*Utah vs. New Jersey, 4 p.m.

Friday, July 9
New Jersey vs. Boston, 11 a.m.

LAS VEGAS NBA SUMMER LEAGUE
All times CDT

Friday, July 9 (COX Pavilion)
*Golden State vs. New Orleans, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 10 (COX Pavilion)
*Detroit vs. Golden State, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 11 (COX Pavilion)
*Washington vs. Golden State, 7 p.m.

Monday, July 12 (Thomas & Mack)
San Antonio vs. Minnesota, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 13 (Thomas & Mack)
Golden State vs. Miami, 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 14 (Thomas & Mack)
Atlanta vs. San Antonio, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 15 (COX Pavilion)
*L.A. Lakers vs. San Antonio, 3 p.m.
*Golden State vs. Phoenix, 5 p.m.

Saturday, July 17 (COX Pavilion)
*L.A. Clippers vs. San Antonio, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 18 (Thomas & Mack)
San Antonio vs. Memphis, 3:30 p.m.


Photos: Baylor Night at Rangers Ballpark
11:15 A.M., THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010
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Baylor alum/Texas Rangers OF David Murphy, B Association's Walter Abercrombie, Baylor senior guard LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor President Ken Starr and Rangers Captain

Baylor Night at Rangers Ballpark Photo Gallery

Check out the photos from last week's Baylor Night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Baylor senior guard LaceDarius Dunn threw out the first pitch to Baylor alum and Texas Rangers OF David Murphy. The Texas Rangers organization sold over 650 tickets to Baylor alumni and fans for the event; the men's basketball team and Baylor President Ken Starr were honored on the field prior to the game.

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

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