Looking for a college closer to home, former Cal-Berkeley signee Tyson Jolly made a verbal commitment to Baylor on Wednesday.
The 6-4 guard played high school basketball at Putnam City West in Oklahoma City before attending prep school this year at Elev8 Sports Institute in Delray Beach, Fla.
After signing with Cal last November, Jolly asked for his release from his national letter of intent in March. He decided to commit to Baylor after a recent visit and plans to sign within the next two weeks.
“It’s a great opportunity because I wanted to play in the Big 12,” Jolly said. “Baylor has had a lot of success in one of the hardest conferences in the country. I love the coaches at Baylor and I really liked it when I visited there.”
Though Jolly is most known as a shooting guard, he believes he has the versatility to play any position from point guard to small forward.
“I bring a whole different approach to the game,” Jolly said. “I like to post up and shoot midrange jumpers and pass the ball to my teammates. I like to create for myself and others.”
Jolly is the third recruit in Baylor’s 2016 class as he joins power forward Mark Vital of Advanced Preparatory International in Dallas and forward Nuni Omot from Indian Hills Community College.
Both Omot and Vital signed with Baylor last November.