It wasn’t much of a surprise when the Baylor women’s basketball team landed two signees on the McDonald’s All-American rosters that were announced Sunday night.
What is noteworthy is the consistency with which Baylor is signing McDonald’s All-Americans – with Legacy Christian guard Alexis Morris and Cypress Ranch guard Didi Richards on the West team, it’s the second time in program history that Baylor has signed a McDonald’s All-American in three consecutive classes.
What’s different about this stretch, however, is that it’s the third year in the row the Lady Bears have signed two McDonald’s All-Americans, following sophomores Beatrice Mompremier and Kalani Brown in 2015, and freshman Natalie Chou and Lauren Cox in 2016.
For comparison, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey had only signed a single McDonald’s All-American in back-to-back classes one time before, when she signed Brittney Griner in 2009 and Odyssey Sims in 2010. Mulkey had only signed two in one class once, when she signed Alexis Prince and Niya Johnson in 2012.
The Lady Bears currently have six McDonald’s All-Americans on its roster, with Prince, a senior, and senior guard Alexis Jones, who was on the team in 2012 but signed with Duke out of high school.
The state of Texas led the way with six McDonald’s All-Americans this year, followed by California with four.
The University of Texas was the only other Big 12 team represented by McDonald’s All-Americans with IMG (Fla.) Academy forward Rellah Boothe and Houston North Shore guard Chasity Patterson on . Tennessee had the most signees on the team with four.
Boothe, a 6-foot-1 forward, made news in November when she said she felt “disrespected” by being ranked the No. 3 overall recruit in the country and guaranteed multiple national titles during her time at Texas.
“I’m not expecting 40-0 right away,” Boothe told ESPN.com “I know it’s going to take some time. It may take a year or two to win a national championship. But I guarantee you that before I graduate, I will win championships with an ‘S’ on the end.”
Rankings watch — The Big 12 kept five teams in the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday, with three of those teams moving up from last week.
Baylor stayed put at No. 2, Texas moved up four spots to No. 12, Oklahoma moved up two spots to No. 20 and Kansas State moved up three spots to No. 22. West Virginia dropped six spots to No. 24 after a pair of losses.
More Big 12 honors for Cox — Baylor freshman forward Lauren Cox was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week on Monday for the third time this season.
Cox, 6-foot-4, helped lead Baylor to wins over TCU and Kansas last week, averaging 16.0 points and shooting 76.5 percent from the field.