Nov. 21, 2013
WACO, Texas - Junior college All-American guard Lester Medford has been added to Baylor's 2014-15 signing class, head coach Scott Drew announced Thursday. Medford will have two years of eligibility remaining when he joins the Bears next fall.
A Tucson, Ariz., native, Medford began his collegiate career at Arizona Western College, where he was named a 2011-12 NJCAA second-team All-American. He also earned first-team All-ACCAC and All-Region I honors and was recognized as the Region I Freshman of the Year.
Medford averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 assists and 2.1 steals to lead the Matadors to their first Region I title and a berth in the NJCAA District I Finals. He shot 39.3 percent from 3-point range and scored 20 or more points in a game 12 times.
"Lester is a quick and explosive guard who scores in bunches and does a great job defensively forcing turnovers and getting out in transition," Drew said. "Lester is going to be another player that Baylor fans will really enjoy watching for two years."
Prior to enrolling at AWC, Medford played at Amphitheater High School in Tucson, Ariz., where he led the team to a 29-2 record and a state championship as a senior in 2010-11. He averaged 19.2 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game during his final prep season.
Medford sat out the 2012-13 season while attending Tucson's Pima College, and he transferred to Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he's currently playing as a sophomore.
Indian Hills is off to a 5-0 start this season, and the Warriors have climbed to No. 2 in the national rankings. Medford leads the team with 17.6 points and 3.6 steals per game, and he averages 5.4 assists per game. He's shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from 3-point range. He's scored in double figures and had at least four assists and two steals in all five games, including a 23-point, 8-steal effort in IHCC's most recent game.
Baylor's early signing class now consists of Medford and a pair of three-star prep signees in Damiyne Durham (Oakwood, Texas) and T.J. Maston (DeSoto, Texas). The early signing period has ended, 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)
Lester Medford, 5-11, 185, Tucson, Ariz. (Amphitheater HS/Arizona Western CC/Indian Hills CC)