Even as a high school freshman, Jordyn Oliver is setting herself up for a very promising future in basketball.
Oliver, already a standout guard at Prosper, has committed to Baylor as a Class of 2019 prospect, giving the Lady Bears their first commitment beyond 2017.
“It’s in a perfect location — it’s two hours from my house,” Oliver said. “Coach Kim (Mulkey) is like a mom to me now. (I love) just the environment, and everything.”
The 5-foot-10 guard announced her commitment Monday on Twitter.
Oliver chose the Lady Bears over Louisville, TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Georgia Tech and Georgetown, pulling in those offers despite having just one year of high school experience. She said she immediately built a solid relationship with Mulkey, who has coached Baylor since 2000 and led the Lady Bears to national championships in 2005 and 2012.
“I just love coach Kim, and how she talks to me and how I’m honest with her, and just everything about her,” Oliver said. “I love Baylor.”
Oliver immediately demonstrated her skills at Prosper during her first year on campus. She averaged 18.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, helping the Eagles go 30-6 and reach the Class 5A regional semifinals.
She said she can play multiple positions and is willing to play any role at Baylor.
“I think I can bring my versatility and be able to be a point guard and a forward,” Oliver said. “And play multiple positions so (Mulkey) can recruit other positions and I can move around each year, based on the roster, and how they play and how she coaches.”
Oliver joins 2017 pledge Deauzya Richards as Baylor’s current verbal commitments. The Lady Bears signed three players in this year’s class, including the nation’s top-ranked player, Lauren Cox, and La Vega product Calveion Landrum.
Baylor finished the 2015-16 season with a 36-2 record, winning the Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles and reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.