With his sights set on playing point guard, Manu Lecomte is transferring from Miami to Baylor.
Lecomte will redshirt next season under NCAA transfer rules and have two years of eligibility remaining for the Bears beginning in the 2016-17 season.
During his two years at Miami, the 5-11 Lecomte averaged 7.8 points and 2.0 assists while shooting 42.8 percent overall and 43.4 percent from 3-point range. He started in 40 of Miami’s 71 games.
Lecomte played a lot of two-guard while Angel Rodriguez was Miami’s primary point guard. He believes Baylor coach Scott Drew’s up-tempo style will fit his game.
“I’m a true point guard and I’m fast with the ball in my hands,” Lecomte said. “I like to get people involved a lot. I’ve always watched Baylor in the past and I like the way they play. They’re very aggressive. I felt it would be a really great fit for me.”
Lecomte helped Miami reach the NIT championship game last season where it dropped a 66-64 decision to Stanford. His biggest game was against national champion Duke, when he scored 23 points and hit four 3-pointers in a 90-74 road win on Jan. 13.
Lecomte scored in double figures in 14 of Miami’s 38 games last season.
“I only played 20 minutes a game,” Lecomte said. “Sometimes I shot a lot and sometimes I didn’t. I was playing a lot of two-guard at Miami and I want to play point guard.”
After getting his release from Miami, Lecomte said Drew was the first coach to contact him, and he visited Baylor last weekend.
“I talked a lot with Coach Drew about how they play,” Lecomte said. “After they called me, it really wasn’t a hard decision.”
Lecomte is a native of Belgium who has played a lot of international basketball. Last summer, he helped Belgium win the FIBA under-20 European championship in the B division as he averaged 20 points, five rebounds and three assists.
He had previously competed for Belgium on its under-16 and under-18 international teams. The exposure helped him land a scholarship to Miami two years ago after he was also recruited by Gonzaga, Creighton and UAB.
“Playing on the Belgium teams helped me a lot,” Lecomte said. “Every summer I would go there and play on the national teams. There were some differences in the style of play, but a lot of it is pretty much the same.”