Nov. 18, 2013
WACO, Texas - Damiyne Durham and T.J. Maston have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Baylor men's basketball program in 2014-15, head coach Scott Drew announced Monday.
Durham and Maston are both in-state prep signees who will have four years of eligibility with the Bears. Both are three-star recruits ranked in the nation's top 300 of the 2014 class by 247Sports.com.
"Both Damiyne and T.J. will be great additions to our team," Drew said. "We're really excited to get them into the program, and we expect them to have great college careers."
Durham is a versatile 6-foot-5, 190-pound guard from the small town of Oakwood, Texas. He led head coach Ronnie Dunn's Oakwood High School team to the regional finals and averaged 27.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.1 steals per game as a junior in 2012-13. A two-sport standout and one of 13 members of Oakwood's class of 2014, Durham also plays quarterback for the Panthers' six-man football team.
He's ranked as high as No. 80 nationally by Future150.com and is ranked in the Texas top 20 by ESPN.com (No. 15) and 247Sports.com (No. 16).
"Damiyne is similar to LaceDarius Dunn in his ability to score from all over the court," Drew said. "He's an explosive guard who can put points on the board in a hurry, and he's the kind of player that Baylor Nation will enjoy watching throughout his college career."
Maston is a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward from DeSoto, Texas. He's ranked among the top 10 2014 recruits in Texas by Mike Kunstadt's Texas Basketball Review. Maston led the Eagles to the Region I quarterfinals in 2012-13, averaging 16.6 points per game for head coach Chris Dyer's team.
He's the nephew of Tony and Derrick Battie, who played at Texas Tech and Temple, respectively. Tony was the fifth overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft and went on to play 15 professional seasons for six different NBA teams, while Derrick played four seasons for Hall of Fame coach John Chaney at Temple.
"T.J. has great basketball bloodlines and is another long, athletic player with tremendous potential," Drew said. "The sky is the limit with T.J., and we're really excited to watch him grow during his Baylor career."
The early signing period ends Wednesday, and teams can sign additional players in the 2014 class starting on April 16.
BAYLOR CLASS OF 2014 EARLY PERIOD SIGNEES
Damiyne Durham, 6-5, 190, Oakwood, Texas (Oakwood HS)
Overall rankings: No. 80 (Future150.com), No. 209 (247Sports.com)
Position rankings: No. 21 (Future150.com), No. 31 (ESPN.com), No. 51 (247Sports.com)
Regional rankings: No. 23 in Midlands (ESPN.com)
State rankings: No. 9 (Future150.com), No. 15 (ESPN.com), No. 16 (247Sports.com)
T.J. (Terry) Maston, 6-7, 215, DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto HS)
Overall rankings: No. 270 (247Sports.com composite)
Position rankings: No. 69 (247Sports.com composite), No. 74 (ESPN.com)
Regional rankings: No. 49 in Midlands (ESPN.com)
State rankings: No. 20 (247Sports.com composite), No. 30 (ESPN.com)