Baylor final made it to the Remaining 4 of the NCAA males’s basketball event in 1950. They misplaced to Bradley after which to N.C. State within the third place recreation.
For perspective, I used to be the one Energy Liner alive that March. Additionally, the entire event consisted of eight groups and was thought of by many to be much less prestigious than the Nationwide Invitational Match (NIT).
Since 1950, Baylor basketball has had some highs, together with an NIT Finals look in 2009 and an NIT championship in 2013, and a few nasty lows. After making it to the Remaining 4 in 1950, Baylor didn’t seem within the NCAA event once more for 38 years.
This system is finest recognized, maybe, for the truth that one in all its gamers murdered a teammate in 2003. This 12 months’s journey to the Remaining 4 ought to substitute that tragedy on the high of Baylor basketball lore.
Though this system hasn’t loved constantly nice success since 1950, loads of glorious gamers have handed by. Listed here are my picks for one of the best of them:
Jared Butler (2018-present)
Butler is the chief of the present group. He averages 16.5 factors and 4.8 assists per recreation, whereas making 40.4 % of his three-pointers and taking part in nice protection.
Butler made first-team all-American this 12 months. I imagine he’s the primary Baylor participant to obtain that honor within the 60 years I’ve been following faculty basketball.
Vinnie Johnson (1977-79)
A local of Brooklyn, Johnson was referred to as “The Microwave” throughout his professional profession as a result of he got here off the bench and heated up immediately. In faculty, he was sizzling from the soar.
Johnson performed solely two years at Baylor. Throughout that point, he averaged 24.1 factors per recreation, making 51.2 % of his discipline aim makes an attempt. That scoring common is a Baylor file, as is his 50 level efficiency towards Rice.
As a senior in 1979, Johnson was a second-team all-American. Later that 12 months, Seattle chosen him with the seventh choose within the NBA draft, Johnson performed 13 seasons within the NBA, largely with Detroit, the place he was an necessary piece on two championship groups. In his prime, he was good for a minimum of a degree each two minutes coming off the bench.
Terry Teagle (1978-82)
Like Vinnie Johnson, Teagle was a scoring machine. In his final three seasons with the Bears, he averaged 23.0, 20.0 and 22.1 factors per recreation. His profession discipline aim share was a shade beneath 54 %. In 1980, he was participant of the 12 months within the outdated Southwest Convention and was a first-team all-league choice the next two seasons. As a senior, he made second-team all-American.
Teagle was additionally a pressure on the boards. The 6-5 guard averaged 7.3 rebounds per recreation throughout his 4 years at Baylor.
Teagle had almost a decade-long profession within the NBA. He, too, was on the spot offense and his professional stats are similar to The Microwave’s.
Quincy Acy (2008-12)
Acy is eighth on the all-time Baylor rebounding listing and tied for tenth in factors scored. He made 60 % of his discipline aim makes an attempt throughout his 4 12 months profession, one of the best share of any Bear with 1,000 or extra profession factors.
To high it off, Acy was an awesome defender. He ranks ninth all time on the college’s blocked shot listing and made the Southwest Convention’s all-defensive group as a senior.
Baylor had a superb run whereas Acy was there. He helped lead the Bears to a pair of Elite Eight appearances and the NIT Finals.
Acy performed seven years within the NBA as a reserve.
Brian Skinner (1994-98)
Skinner ranks first at Baylor in profession rebounds and profession blocks. He’s fifth all time in factors.
As a senior, Skinner averaged 18 factors, 9 rebounds, and three.5 blocked photographs per recreation. His discipline aim share was .553.
The Clippers chosen Skinner within the first spherical of the 1998 draft. He had a real journeyman’s profession, taking part in for eight completely different NBA groups and being traded to 2 others for whom he by no means performed.
Michael Williams (1985-88)
He’s fifth on Baylor’s listing of all-time help leaders and third all time in scoring. A two-time all-Southwest Convention choice, Williams averaged 18.4 factors per recreation as a senior, whereas capturing discipline targets at a 50.5 % success charge.
Williams wasn’t an awesome free-throw shooter at Baylor, however as a professional he holds the NBA file for many consecutive free throws made — 97. He made 87 % of his free throws throughout a ten 12 months profession wherein he averaged 10 factors per recreation.
After retiring from the sport, Williams turned a profitable actual property builder/developer. Based on Wikipedia, the tasks wherein his firm has been concerned embrace AT&T Stadium, DFW Airport, and Parkland Hospital.
Lacedarius Dunn (2007-11)
He’s Baylor’s all-time chief in scoring. In truth, he completed his profession because the all-time Huge 12 chief in factors scored. Presently, he’s second behind the good Buddy Hield. (The convention has existed for round 25 years.)
In his finest season — as a junior — Dunn averaged 19.6 factors per recreation and made 42 % of his three-pointers. That season, he acquired honorable all-American point out.
Dunn’s professional profession has been abroad. Presently, he performs in Israel.
David Wesley (1989-92)
Wesley was first-team all-Southwest Convention in his final two seasons at Waco, and convention participant of the 12 months as a senior. That season, he averaged 21 factors per recreation, together with 5 rebounds. He made 38 % of his three-point photographs.
Undrafted out of school, Wesley nonetheless had a high quality 14-year NBA profession, throughout which he averaged 12.5 factors per recreation. In his finest season (2000-01), he averaged 17 factors per recreation for Charlotte. He’s now the tv shade commentator for the New Orleans Pelicans.
William Chatmon (1969-71)
“Chat the Cat” performed solely two seasons for Baylor. Throughout that point, he averaged 22.1 factors and 13.4 rebounds per recreation. He was named first-team all-Southwest Convention each seasons.
Chatmon was chosen by Buffalo within the second spherical of the 1971 NBA draft, however by no means performed within the league.
Daryl Middleton (1984-88)
This native of Queens was an all-Southwest Convention first-teamer in his junior and senior seasons. In these two seasons, he averaged round 19 factors and eight rebounds per recreation, and made higher than 57 % of his discipline aim makes an attempt.
Middleton by no means performed within the NBA, however had fairly a profession in Europe. For instance, he was named the Spanish League’s most respected participant thrice.
Curtis Jerrells (2005-09)
Jerrells is the fourth main scorer in Baylor basketball historical past and he’s second on the all-time help listing. He led the Bears in scoring and assists all 4 of his seasons at Waco.
He was a primary group all-Huge 12 choice as a junior. As a senior, he helped lead Baylor to the NIT Finals in 2009.
Jerrells by no means fairly caught on within the NBA. He at present performs in Poland.
Pierre Jackson (2011-13)
Jackson performed solely two seasons for the Bears, however left a formidable mark. As a senior, he led the Huge 12 in scoring (19.8) and assists (7.1) per recreation, turning into first participant to guide a power-6 convention in
each classes since Arizona’s Jason Terry in 1998-99. He additionally led Baylor to victory within the NIT.
Regardless of taking part in solely two seasons, he’s fifteenth on Baylor’s all-time scoring listing and third in assists.
Jackson had a number of success within the NBA’s growth league, however performed in solely eight NBA video games. Following stints in Greece, Israel, Croatia, and China, he now plies his commerce in Turkey.
Aundre Department (1991-95)
Like Wesley, Department earned all-Southwest Convention honors as a junior and senior. He averaged round 20 factors and 4.5 rebounds these two years.
Department was a high-volume three-point shooter and made round 37 % of his three-pointers in his final two seasons.
Department later joined the Harlem Globetrotters the place he was referred to as “Sizzling Shot.” He retired from the Globetrotters after Disney bought the group as a result of, in his phrases, “they had been pulling away from [the basketball].”
Darrell Hardy (1964-67)
Hardy averaged 19 factors and 11.6 rebounds per recreation throughout his three years with the Bears. He was chosen first-team all-Southwest convention in every of his three seasons.
Hardy was drafted by the Detroit Pistons however by no means appeared within the NBA. He performed one season for the Houston Mavericks within the ABA.
Rico Gathers (2012-16)
He’s simply Baylor’s all-time chief in rebounds, in addition to the Bears’ single-season chief. As a junior, he ranked third nationally in rebounds, averaging 11.8 per recreation.
Gathers is a two-time all-Huge 12 honoree.
After leaving Baylor, Gathers, at 6-6 285 kilos, turned to soccer. He performed one season for the Dallas Cowboys at tight finish.
Gathers’ father is a cousin of the late, nice basketball star, Hank Gathers.
Honorable Point out:
Don Heatherington (1947-50)
Jerry Mallett (1954-57)
Winston Moore (1962-65)
Larry Gatewood (1967-70)
Charles McKinney (1972-74)
Nelson Haggerty (1991-94)
Tweety Carter (2006-10)
Ekpe Udoh (2009-10)
Cory Jefferson (2009-14)
Perry Jones (2010-12)
Issac Austin (2012-14)
Taurean Prince (2012-16)
Johnathan Motley (2014-17)
MaCio Teague (2016-present)
Davion Mitchell (2017-present)