One Big 12 school’s loss is another’s gain.
The Baylor women’s basketball team picked up its second commitment for the 2015 recruiting class from Aledo’s Alyssa Dry earlier this week.
Dry, a 5-foot-9 combo guard ranked as the 16th-best recruit at her position according to ESPN.com, chose the Lady Bears after decommitting from Texas less than a month ago.
“One of the main goals of mine is to win a national championship, and playing for coach like (Kim) Mulkey gives me that opportunity,” Dry said. “I love the community and the Christian support Baylor has. I’ve heard from past players how great of a coach she is and how she developed them. To be able to get to play for a future Hall of Fame coach is a great opportunity.”
Dry, who joins 5-10 guard Alexandria Gulley of Dallas in Baylor’s 2015 recruiting class, helped the Lady Bearcats to a 29-3 record and a berth in the regional quarterfinals as a junior. She averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals this season after earning all-state recognition as a sophomore.
Dry said the change of heart came after she re-evaluated some things and “praying a lot about it.”
“I was pretty young when I first committed (to Texas),” Dry said. “It was right after my freshman year.”
Dry plays for the AAU team Texas Preps Elite, coached by Adrian Washington, who said can shoot and handle the ball well, and also plays solid defense.
“I think defense is the biggest part of the game, and (Mulkey) always emphasizes defense,” Dry said. “So she’s going to make her players coming in work. You can see how much her players have improved. For instance, just watching her daughter (Makenzie Robertson), and how much she’s improved.”
In addition to her exploits on the basketball court, Dry is a sprinter and long jumper on the Aledo track team, and that speed helps her thrive in an up-tempo offense. She said she wants to work on getting her shot off quicker and to become a better leader.
“I’m really excited to be able to play for chance to play for her at a big university like that,” Dry said. “ Knowing I have another year (of high school) makes me more driven. It makes me want to work harder just so I can help program and be able to help Coach Mulkey win a national championship. It’s motivation to keep working hard.”
Dry is the daughter of Mike Dry, an all-Southwest Conference linebacker during his playing days at TCU, and granddaughter of F.A. Dry, an assistant coach at Baylor under coach Grant Teaff. Her uncle, Dennis Lindsey, is a former Baylor basketball player who is now the general manager for the Utah Jazz.