Overlooked out of Mahtomedi (Minn.) High School, Nuni Omot grew four inches and became a much-wanted Division I recruit.
On Saturday night, the 6-9 Omot verbally committed to Baylor.
Omot chose the Bears after drawing interest from schools like Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Nebraska and TCU. He became the second verbal commitment in Baylor’s 2016 class as he joined forward Mark Vital of Dallas Preparatory International.
Omot committed during his visit to Baylor this weekend.
“When I got to campus, I felt welcomed by everybody,” Omot said. “It immediately felt like home. The guys are really nice and respectful, and Coach (Scott) Drew and all the coaches really care about their players.”
As a 6-5 high school forward, Omot signed with NCAA Division II Concordia-St. Paul where he averaged 12.4 points and 5.5 rebounds as a redshirt freshman last season.
But after his growth spurt, he felt he could play at the Division I level and transferred to Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he’ll play this season.
“He’s a very unique player because he’s 6-9 and can play a lot of positions,” Indian Hills coach Hank Plona said. “He’s comfortable near the basket and can shoot outside. He can play a lot of power forward and can also play on the wing. His versatility speaks for itself and he’s worked very hard on his game.”
Omot said he wasn’t surprised by the interest by Division I schools because he’s put a great deal of work into his game. He said he wants to add about 15 pounds to his 200-pound frame.
“I think I can get up the floor and move better than players my size,” Omot said. “I can finish above the rim and come off screens, and hit the 3 or mid-range shot. I have a high motor and can crash the glass. I need to work on my strength and be able to guard a wing consistently.”
Baylor senior guard Lester Medford also played at Indian Hills.