Head coach Scott Drew has signed 10 top-50 recruits in the last seven years.
Nov. 16, 2012
WACO, Texas - Ishmail Wainright, Dominic Woodson and Johnathan Motley have signed National Letters of Intent to play for Baylor men's basketball in 2013-14, head coach Scott Drew announced Friday.
Baylor's 2013-14 signing class is ranked No. 9 nationally by 247Sports.com and No. 12 by CBSSports.com and Rivals.com. It's Drew's fifth consecutive top-25 class, and Woodson and Wainright give Baylor 10 top-50 recruits in the last seven years.
"This class has the potential to end up being one of the best in the nation," Drew said. "We're very pleased and excited that they've chosen to be a part of Baylor University, and I know Baylor Nation is going to love getting to know them and cheering for them."
Wainright is a 6-foot-6, 230-pound small forward who attends Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md. He is ranked No. 27 nationally by MaxPreps.com and No. 28 by ESPN.com. Originally from Raytown, Mo., Wainright is ranked the nation's No. 6 small forward in the 2013 signing class by ESPN.com.
"Ishmail is one of those hard-nosed competitors and leaders that everyone in basketball likes and respects," Drew said. "He's a versatile player and a playmaker that can play multiple positions, and he has a body that is ready to compete at the highest level right away."
Prior to transferring to Montrose Christian, Wainright averaged 13.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Raytown (Mo.) South High School in 2010-11.
Woodson is a 6-foot-9, 290-pound center from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep. Originally from Round Rock, Texas, Woodson is ranked as the nation's No. 2 center in the 2013 class by Rivals.com, and he's No. 33 overall nationally by 247Sports.com.
"The Big 12 is a man's league, and Dominic has a man's body," Drew said. "Physically, he can match up with anyone in the country, and we're really excited to have him part of our family."
Woodson played his sophomore season at Round Rock (Texas) Stony Point High School, where he helped the Tigers to an 18-15 record as a sophomore.
Motley is a 6-foot-9, 205-pound power forward from Houston's North Shore High School. He's ranked No. 83 nationally by 247Sports.com and No. 105 by Rivals.com. Motley is ranked No. 17 at his position by both Scout.com and 247Sports.com.
"It's great to be able to keep the best players in Texas in the state, and Johnathan is one of those players who keeps getting better and better," Drew said. "His versatility and length make him very difficult to guard, and defensively, he can be a presence."
Motley averaged 12.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game to lead North Shore to the Texas 5A Region 3 quarterfinals with a 32-4 record as a junior in 2011-12. He averaged 20.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in three playoff games for the Mustangs.
"All three of these student-athletes chose Baylor because they are men of strong Christian faith," Drew said. "Baylor is a great fit for all of them, and they'll represent the program well both on and off the court."
All three signees are high school seniors who will join the program in the fall of 2013 and will have four years of eligibility.
BAYLOR CLASS OF 2013 EARLY PERIOD SIGNEES
Johnathan Motley, 6-9, 205, Houston, Texas (North Shore HS)
Overall rankings: No. 83 (247Sports.com), No. 105 (Rivals.com)
Position rankings: No. 17 (Scout.com), No. 17 (247Sports.com), No. 22 (Rivals.com), No. 34 (ESPN.com)
Ishmail Wainright, 6-6, 230, Raytown, Mo. (Montrose Christian School)
Overall rankings: No. 27 (MaxPreps.com), No. 28 (ESPN.com), No. 51 (Scout.com), No. 52 (Rivals.com), No. 62 (247Sports.com)
Position rankings: No. 6 (ESPN.com), No. 12 (Scout.com), No. 12 (Rivals.com), No. 17 (247Sports.com)
Dominic Woodson, 6-9, 290, Round Rock, Texas (Huntington Prep)
Overall rankings: No. 33 (247Sports.com), No. 36 (MaxPreps.com), No. 39 (Rivals.com), No. 41 (Scout.com), No. 81 (ESPN.com)
Position rankings: No. 2 (Rivals.com), No. 4 (Scout.com), No. 8 (247Sports.com), No. 10 (ESPN.com)
Class rankings - No. 9 (247Sports.com), No. 12 (CBSSports.com), No. 12 (Rivals.com), No. 14 (ESPN.com); No. 20 (Scout.com)