Baylor added strength to its inside game by signing small forward Mark Vital and junior college power forward Nuni Omot to NCAA national letters of intent on Wednesday.

Vital is playing his senior year at Advanced Prep International in Dallas after playing his junior year at Prime Prep Academy in Dallas before the school shut down.

The 6-9 Omot is a sophomore at NJCAA power Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.

“We’re really excited about both players,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “Nuni is a very athletic player who was 6-1 his junior year of high school and is now 6-9, and his best years are ahead. Mark had a tremendous summer and garnered a lot of accolades because of how hard he plays and what a winner he is. I’m looking forward to seeing his monster dunks in the Ferrell Center.”

The 6-6, 220-pound Vital, a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, committed to the Bears in September 2013 before his sophomore year at Washington-Marion High School in Lake Charles, La. Vital averaged 15 points as a freshman and sophomore.

Omot was overlooked out of Mahtomedi (Minn.) High School and signed with Division II Concordia-St. Paul where he averaged 12.4 points and 5.5 rebounds as a freshman last season.

But after his growth spurt, he felt he could play at the Division I level and transferred to Indian Hills.

Omot chose the Bears after drawing interest from schools like Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Nebraska and TCU. Omot said he wants to add about 15 pounds to his 200-pound frame.

“I think I can get up the floor and move a lot better than players my size,” Omot said. “I can finish above the rim and come off screens, and hit the 3 or mid-range shot. I have a high motor and can crash the glass. I need to work on my strength and be able to guard a wing consistently.”

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