The Baylor men’s basketball team added strength up front as Austin Westlake forward Matthew Mayer signed his NCAA letter of intent on Wednesday.
The Bears are also expected to sign guard Darius Allen, a sophomore from Palm Beach (Fla.) State College who committed to Baylor in October.
The 6-7, 195-pound Mayer is a four-star recruit who is ranked nationally at No. 81 among the Rivals.com top 100 players. He was recruited by schools like Texas, Creighton, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.
“He’s very talented offensively and continues to grow,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew. “He’s very versatile and can play a number of positions. He’s a great student and will be a great representative of Baylor University.”
Allen is a 6-4 wing who averaged 10.2 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 56.5 percent from the field as a freshman last season for a loaded Palm Beach team that finished 25-6.
Palm Beach coach Martin McCann believes Allen will bring a variety of skills to the table for the Bears next season. Allen is a second-team preseason junior college All-American pick by Street and Smith’s magazine who chose Baylor over schools like West Virginia, Iowa State, Wichita State and Tennessee.
“I think he’s the best athlete in junior college basketball,” McCann said. “He’s got a 40-plus vertical jump and is really good in transition. He can catch and shoot and score in a variety of ways. He’s a strong, slashing athlete who can really fill it up. There’s no question he has the tools to be a strong defender.”