The Baylor Bears men’s basketball team began assembling talent for its 2023-24 team as the NCAA’s early-signing period opened on Wednesday.
The Bears, led by coach Scott Drew, have become one of the best recruiting programs in the country as they’ve grown into a program that won its first national championship in 2021 and has won or shared the last two Big 12 regular-season crowns. The Bears reached the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament, losing to eventual national finalist North Carolina.
Before the signing period, the Bears had two commitments, including one from shooting guard Ja’Kobe Walter, who plays at Link Academy in Branson, Mo. Walter is rated by 247Sports.com as a Top 20 player in the country. In fact, the Bears have pulled a Top 20 player nationally in each of their previous two recruiting classes — guard Langston Love in 2021 and guard Keyonte George in 2022. Both are on Baylor’s roster this season.
Baylor’s 2023 recruiting class is below. Players who confirmed as signed are noted below. The list below also includes the Bears’ season-opening roster.
The early-signing window closes on Nov. 16.
2023 Baylor Men’s Recruiting Class
No. 5 Class in Big 12, No. 25 overall (247Sports.com as of Nov. 6)
SG Ja’Kobe Walter, 6-5, Link Academy (Branson, Mo.) — 17/1/1* – Signed (confirmed by BU)
PG Miro Little, 6-4, Sunrise Christian (Wichita, Kan.) — 104/17/4
2022-23 Baylor Season-Opening Roster: F Flo Thamba (6-10, Sr.), G Keyonte George (6-4, Fr.), G Jake Younkin (6-3, Jr.), G Dale Bonner (6-2, Sr.), G LJ Cryer (6-1, Jr.), G/F Jordan Turner (6-8, Jr.), G Adam Flagler (6-3, Sr.), F Jalen Bridges (6-7, Jr.), G Dantwan Grimes (6-2, Jr.), G Langston Love (6-5, Fr.), F Josh Ojianwuna (6-10, Fr.), F Austin Sacks (6-7, So.), F Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua (6-8, Sr.), F Zach Loveday (7-0, Jr.), F Caleb Lohner (6-8, Jr.)
Player in Bold: Notes a player who is a senior and may be out of eligibility after this season, depending on whether they have a COVID-19 waiver.
Note: Slash rankings are national/position/state per 247Sports.com
*-Sixth-highest ranked Baylor signee ever in 247Sports.com rankings era
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