Welcome to MasonHoops.com

Jump in to the discussion! Sign up is easy, we want to hear what you have to say!

Sign Up

OT: Baylor

Discussion in 'George Mason Basketball' started by Pablo, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Pablo

    Pablo Hall of Famer

    Likes Received:
    Trophy Points:

    "Bus rides back and forth across Minnesota weren’t the worst thing for Freddie Gillespie; it was the court time — or lack thereof. The Baylor forward played his first two seasons of college basketball at Carleton College, a Division III school where the entire campus had access to the gym. Gillespie had a standing 9 p.m. appointment to get in an extra workout, and he scheduled his homework, group projects and dinner around that hour-long session.

    Life is good at Baylor: The No. 1 team in the nation is on a program-record 19-game winning streak and has a new $105 million facility on the way. Gillespie played through more humble times. So did MaCio Teague, who remembers his own bus-riding days at UNC Asheville. Fellow Bears guard Devonte Bandoo had his, too, at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.

    Those arrivals from off the beaten path, plus a fourth transfer, guard Davion Mitchell from Auburn, have helped get the Bears in contention for the program’s first national championship."

    "Other than Mitchell, who was a four-star recruit out of high school, the group is hardly a collection of blue chips.

    Gillespie and Bandoo were unranked by the recruiting site 247Sports coming out of high school. Ricardo Hill, Teague’s coach at Walnut Hills High in Cincinnati, said Teague didn’t get any real attention until he scored a school-record 51-points in the Flyin’ to the Hoop Tournament in Ohio in January 2015. Even then, he spent a postgraduate year at Montverde Academy in Florida in search of more exposure before landing at UNC Asheville. Teague was content in Asheville until his coach there, Nick McDevitt, left for Middle Tennessee.

    Gillespie originally went to Carleton, less than an hour from his hometown of St. Paul, Minn., with the plan of getting a solid education and playing basketball on the side. He started at Baylor as a walk-on in 2017 after he watched a North Carolina game and decided he had the size (6-foot-9) and athleticism to play in Division I."

    "Baylor has played in the NCAA tournament in five of the past six seasons and eight times under Coach Scott Drew, who has frequently recruited the transfer market, though perhaps never this successfully. He has six transfers on the 14-man roster, including Adam Flagler and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, both of whom are sitting out this season under NCAA rules.

    'I think recruiting is a real fluid situation,' Drew said. 'Nowadays you have people that leave that you don’t expect it. They could go pro; they could transfer. You used to map out, We have four scholarships or three scholarships. Now it’s, Okay, this is what we have today, but we could have this or this or this. You have to stay flexible.'”
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2020
    ephoops likes this.

Share This Page