Nov. 9, 2011
WACO, Texas – Three Texas prep standouts – Arlington’s Isaiah Austin, Houston’s Lynden “L.J.” Rose and Fort Worth’s Chad Rykhoek – have signed National Letters of Intent for 2012-13, Baylor head coach Scott Drew announced Wednesday. Baylor’s 2012 signing class is ranked No. 5 nationally by Scout.com, No. 10 by ESPNU and No. 12 by Rivals.com.
“Not only is this class among the top 10 nationally, it is even more importantly comprised of players with high character from great family backgrounds and are great students,” Drew said.
Headlining the top-10 recruiting class is Austin, a consensus top-5 and five-star recruit from Grace Preparatory Academy. He is ranked the No. 3 overall prospect in the Class of 2012 by ESPNU and 247Sports.com, No. 4 by MaxPreps.com and No. 5 by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. The 7-foot, 215-pound center is rated as the nation’s top prospect at his position by ESPNU and 247Sports.com, No. 2 nationally by Scout.com and No. 3 by Rivals.com.
Austin is the third consensus top-10 recruit in the last three years to sign with Baylor, joining sophomore PF Perry Jones III (2010) and freshman SF Quincy Miller (2011). Austin was a member of the 2011 adidas Nations roster.
“In recent years, Baylor has become known for its athletic versatile big men, such as Quincy Acy, Ekpe Udoh, Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller,” Drew said. “Isaiah continues that trend and is someone who can pass, dribble and shoot, but still possesses a 7-foot-tall frame which allows him such a huge size advantage on opposing players.
“Isaiah affects the game on both ends of the court and Baylor fans will love cheering for him,” Drew said.
Rose, named to the 2010 USA Youth Olympic Games team, participated in the USA Men’s Developmental National Team’s training in 2010 and was also named to the 2009 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team. Prior to transferring to Westbury Christian High School, Rose attended Second Baptist School, where he was an all-state performer.
“Players love playing with L.J. because he’s an unbelievable passer and he’s the coach on the floor,” Drew said. “He always seems to get the ball to the right person. He comes from a great basketball lineage as his dad was part of the famed Phi Slama Jama at Houston.”
While at Second Baptist School, Rose was a first-team All-District 4 and All-Texas Class 4A selection in both 2009 and 2010. As a sophomore, he averaged 17.0 points, 9.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds and he was named to ESPN RISE’s 2010 Underclass All-America team. His dad, Lynden Rose, was a member of Phi Slama Jama, the nickname for the University of Houston basketball teams from 1982-1984 and was recently a member of the University of Houston System Board of Regents.
The third and final piece to Baylor’s top-10 recruiting class of 2012 is Rykhoek (pronounced RY-cook), who is a 6-foot-11, 220-pound power forward out of Fort Worth (Texas) Christian.
“Chad comes from a Baylor background with his mom, Teri, attending Baylor University,” Drew said. “He has really started to develop in the last few years and he’s somebody who is beginning to realize the potential and talent he has. Chad is athletic for his size as is evident in his first game this year with eight dunks.”
With the signing of Austin, Baylor has now inked seven consensus top-50 recruits in the last six years under Drew, joining LaceDarius Dunn (2007), Anthony Jones (2008), Nolan Dennis (2009), Perry Jones III (2010), Quincy Miller (2011) and Deuce Bello (2011).
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BAYLOR CLASS OF 2012 SIGNEES (EARLY PERIOD)
Isaiah Austin (C, 7-0, 215, Arlington, TX/Grace Preparatory Academy)
Overall Rankings: No. 3 (ESPNU), No. 3 (247Sports.com), No. 4 (MaxPreps.com), No. 5 (Rivals.com), No. 5 (Scout.com)
Position Rankings: No. 1 (ESPNU), No. 1 (247Sports.com), No. 2 (Scout.com), No. 3 (Rivals.com)
Lynden “LJ” Rose (G, 6-4, 185, Houston, TX/Westbury Christian HS)
Overall Rankings: No. 63 (MaxPreps.com), No. 66 (Scout.com), No. 74 (ESPNU), No. 77 (247Sports.com), No. 95 (Rivals.com)
Position Rankings: No. 10 (247Sports.com), No. 11 (Scout.com), No. 12 (ESPNU), No. 25 (Rivals.com)
Chad Rykhoek (PF, 6-11, 220, Fort Worth, TX/Fort Worth Christian HS)
Overall Rankings: No. 135 (Rivals.com)
Position Rankings: No. 23 (ESPNU), No. 29 (Scout.com)