May 15, 2012
WACO, Texas – San Antonio product Taurean Waller-Prince has signed a Financial Aid Contract for 2012-13, Baylor head coach Scott Drew announced Tuesday.
Waller-Prince, who originally signed an NLI with Long Island in November, joins three other Texas stars on Baylor’s top-five recruiting class – Isaiah Austin (Arlington), L.J. Rose (Houston) and Chad Rykhoek (Fort Worth). The 6-foot-7 forward from San Antonio’s Earl Warren High School is ranked No. 7 overall in the state of Texas by TexasHoops.com.
“Taurean is a late-blooming talent that really took off his senior season,” Drew said. “He continues to improve each year and we're excited to have him as part of the Baylor family."
As a senior, he averaged 21.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2.3 steals, earning TABC All-State and unanimous All-District 27-5A honors. He also garnered Class 5A All-Tournament team honors and was named San Antonio Express-News All-Area Player of the Year. He led Warren to a 35-6 season and a state semifinals appearance in 2011-12.
He averaged 16.4 points and 11.6 rebounds as a junior at Warren, leading his team to a 26-10 record and earning All-Area honors. He was a member of the San Antonio Legends AAU program.
Baylor advanced to its second Elite Eight in three seasons, winning a school-record 30 games in 2011-12. With the departures of Perry Jones III, Quincy Miller and Quincy Acy, the Bears have added an impressive recruiting class that ranks No. 4 by Scout.com, No. 5 by ESPNU and No. 6 by Rivals.com.
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BAYLOR CLASS OF 2012 SIGNEES
Isaiah Austin (C, 7-0, 215, Arlington, TX / Grace Preparatory Academy)
Overall: No. 3 (ESPNU), No. 3 (247Sports.com), No. 3 (Scout.com), No. 4 (Rivals.com), No. 5 (MaxPreps.com)
Position: No. 1 (ESPNU), No. 2 (247Sports.com), No. 2 (Scout.com), No. 2 (Rivals.com)
Texas: No. 1 (ESPNU), No. 1 (247Sports.com)
Ricardo Gathers (F, 6-8, 240, LaPlace, La. / Riverside Academy)
Overall: No. 33 (247Sports.com), No. 34 (Scout.com), No. 36 (ESPNU), No. 37 (Rivals.com), No. 42 (MaxPreps.com)
Position: No. 6 (Scout.com), No. 7 (247Sports.com), No. 8 (Rivals.com), No. 10 (ESPNU)
Louisiana: No. 1 (ESPNU), No. 1 (247Sports.com)
Lynden “L.J.” Rose (G, 6-4, 185, Houston, TX / Westbury Christian HS)
Overall: No. 61 (Scout.com), No. 63 (ESPNU), No. 70 (MaxPreps.com), No. 72 (247Sports.com), No. 74 (Rivals.com)
Position: No. 9 (Scout.com), No. 11 (Rivals.com), No. 12 (247Sports.com) No. 12 (ESPNU)
Texas: No. 10 (ESPNU), No. 10 (247Sports.com)
Chad Rykhoek (F/C, 6-11, 220, Fort Worth, TX / Fort Worth Christian HS)
Overall: No. 145 (Rivals.com)
Position: No. 21 (ESPNU)
Texas: No. 14 (ESPNU)
Taurean Waller-Prince (F, 6-7, 210, San Antonio, TX / Earl Warren HS)
Overall: No. 7 in Texas (TexasHoops.com)