Keyonte George announced his signing with Baylor Bears basketball on Wednesday, the first day that Class of 2022 recruits could sign national letters-of-intent.
Baylor had not officially announced the signing on its Web site.
George was one of three Class of 2022 players that committed to the Bears, who are the defending national champions and open the season on Friday. But George is the crown jewel as a national Top 5 player.
He announced his signing on social media, and the Bears promoted it on their feed.
George is the second five-star player the Bears have signed in as many seasons. Per 247Sports.com, George is the No. 4 player in the country. The 6-foot-4 small forward out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, is considered the No. 2 player at his position.
Kendall Brown, who makes his Bears debut on Friday, was a five-star player who signed with Baylor for the 2021 Class. Brown was the country’s No. 13 player.
The other two commits are center Joshua Ojianwuna out of the NBA Global Academy and guard Dillon Hunter, who plays for Sunrise Christian in Wichita, Kansas.
Hunter announced his signing with Baylor shortly after George. Hunter is a Top 5 recruit out of the state of Kansas and a Top 200 recruit, per 247Sports.com.
Assuming Ojianwuna and Hunter eventually sign, the Bears will have a Top 15 class for the second straight recruiting cycle. Their 2021 class was also ranked No. 15 by 247Sports.com. One of those signees, Langston Love, is out for the season with a torn ACL.
The last day of the early-signing window is Nov. 17.
The Bears are coming off their first national championship in April but lost their top four guards from that team — Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell, MaCio Teague and Mark Vital. The Bears have solid returning talent to build on in Adam Flagler, Matthew Mayer, Flo Thamba and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua. The Bears also signed an All-Pac-12 transfer in former Arizona guard James Akinjo.
Baylor opens its season on Friday at home against Incarnate Word. It will be the Bears’ first game since winning their national title.
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Signees (2); Commitments (1)
SF Keyonte George, 6-foot-4, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) — No. 4 overall recruit, No. 2 at position, No. 1 in Florida (announced his signing on Nov. 10)
C Joshua Ojianwuna, 6-foot-10, NBA Global Academy (Austrailia) — No. 138 overall recruit, No. 22 at position, No. 1 in Australia
G Dillon Hunter, 6-foot-3, Sunrise Christian (Wichita, Kansas) — No. 146 overall recruit, No. 23 at position, No. 5 in Kansas (announced his signing on Nov. 10)