KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Baylor forward Jeremy Sochan wore a ‘Stand With Ukraine’ T-shirt during pre-game warmups at the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday evening.
Sochan, who was also sporting green and turquoise dyed hair, wore the yellow shirt with ‘Stand With Ukraine’ across the front.
On the back of the T-shirt you could read ‘We Are One.’
Sochan commented on that T-shirt after the game.
“We’re all connected in some way and what’s happened it isn’t right,” he said. “It’s all I can do. It’s a small thing, but I just want to help out.”
For Sochan, what’s happening is personal. While he’s from Southampton, United Kingdom, and attended Orange Academy in Germany, he played for the Polish Men’s National Team at EuroBasket 2022 qualification, scoring 18 points in 81-80 win over Romania. He also led the Polish U-16 National Team to 2019 FIBA U16 European Championship Division B title.
He plays for the Polish national team because his mother, Aneta, was a Polish basketball player.
Sochan came to the Bears as a four-star power forward ranked No. 40 nationally and No. 11 at the position by 247Sports.com in the Class of 2021. He was part of Baylor’s highest-ranked recruiting class in program history, one that included Kendall Brown and Langston Love, the latter of which missed the season due to injury.
Sochan enters the Big 12 Tournament after earning All-Big 12 Freshman honors with Brown. Sochan also earned the league’s Sixth Man Award after averaging 8.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Sochan played in 27 games, but only started in one. The Bears won the Big 12 regular-season title for the second straight year, sharing the hardware with the Kansas Jayhawks after winning a solo title in 2021.
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