With Dallas Triple A Academy’s King McClure leading the way, the Baylor men’s basketball program focused on building its backcourt with its latest signing class.
McClure joined Rockdale guard Wendell Mitchell, Holladay (Utah) Olympus guard Jake Lindsey and Neosho (Kan.) County Community College power forward Joseph Acuil in Baylor’s 2015 signing class.
All four players signed Wednesday on the opening day of the fall NCAA signing period.
“Our staff is extremely excited about the 2015 signing class,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “All four of our signees are great people from great families, and they’ve got great intangibles. They’re hard workers, gym rats, good students, and they will represent Baylor in an outstanding manner.”
McClure is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard who is ranked No. 76 nationally in the 2015 class by Rivals.com. He has averaged more than 20 points in each of his three seasons at Triple A Academy.
“King McClure is one of the most recognized names in the nation because of how successful he’s been as a prep player,” Drew said. “He’s a versatile player, and he already has a body to compete in the Big 12.”
McClure likes Baylor’s up-tempo style of play that allows point guards to score a lot of points as well as dish out assists. Triple A Academy won the Class 1A UIL state championship in 2013 before reaching the area round of the Class 3A playoffs last spring.
“I’ve seen what guys like Pierre Jackson, Tweety Carter and Kenny Chery have done in their offense,” McClure said. “Coach Drew loves scoring point guards. I like their up-tempo style and I feel I can fit right in.”
As the son of former Baylor guard Dennis Lindsey, Jake Lindsey has been well acquainted with the Bears’ program for many years. Dennis Lindsey, who played for Baylor from 1987-92, is the general manager of the Utah Jazz.
“Any time a Baylor great and current NBA general manager has a son who decided to come to Baylor, it really shows Baylor is an incredible university with a strong family atmosphere,” Drew said. “We really love Jake’s toughness, his work ethic and his feel for the game.”
The 6-5 Lindsey averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists as a junior for Olympus High School. Lindsey has a solid outside shot but likes to distribute the ball to his teammates.
“I’m a big point guard and I’m at my best when I can create for myself and others,” Lindsey said. “When my team needs me to score, I can be a threat. But I try to use my size and IQ to pass and get the ball where it needs to be.”
The 7-0 Acuil is a native of Sudan who moved to Melbourne, Australia, where he developed his basketball skills as a teenager. As a freshman at Neosho, Acuil averaged 11.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots while averaging just 20 minutes per game.
“He has great length and shot blocking ability which Baylor fans have become accustomed to, and has a great skill set,” Drew said.
Mitchell is a 6-3 guard who averaged 32.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.8 steals and 4.6 assists as a junior for Rockdale.
“Wendell led the state in scoring last year because he can score in a variety of ways,” Drew said. “He’s already a great player but has such a tremendous work ethic that we believe his best basketball is ahead of him.”