Baylor had already addressed the guard position in its 2015 recruiting class.
Now it has added some size.
The Lady Bears picked up a commitment from 6-foot-4 post Justis Szczepanski-Beavers of Aledo on Tuesday. Szczepanski-Beavers gives Baylor three members in this class, joining guards Alexandria Gulley of Triple A Academy and her high school and AAU teammate Alyssa Dry.
“I wanted to go to school to play for Coach (Kim) Mulkey,” Szczepanski-Beavers said. “I know she will develop me to get to where I want to be, and expand my game to the next level. Coach Mulkey is one of the most proven coaches in the nation. On top of that, having the opportunity to win multiple conference championships and national championships, that’s the kind of coach I want to play for.”
Szczepanski-Beavers is rated as a three-star recruit and the 10th-best player at her position by ESPN.com.
She plays AAU ball for the Texas Preps Elite, and her coach, Adrian Washington, said many have compared her to Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah because of her ability to run the floor offensively, and her shot-blocking and rebounding on defense.
While basketball was one deciding factor, Szczepanski chose Baylor for other reasons as well.
“The academics at Baylor are amazing,” Szcezepanski-Beavers said. “The campus and facilities are first-class, and the people are like family. Who wouldn’t want that? I know Baylor will be the perfect fit for me and I’m excited to be a Baylor Lady Bear.”