Baylor males’s hoops lands top-five senior V.J. Edgecombe

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By Calvin S. Nelson

Prime-five senior V.J. Edgecombe, the highest uncommitted senior within the nation, introduced his dedication to Baylor on Sunday.

Edgecombe, who turns into Baylor’s highest-ranked dedication in additional than a decade, selected the Bears over a remaining three that additionally included Duke and Kentucky.

“Baylor has a profitable tradition, an amazing workers and head coach. Coach Drew is a real particular person; he has constructed an unbelievable program,” he advised ESPN. “There was a deep reference to Baylor. They’ve a robust basis of religion, and there was additionally a religious connection. That was necessary to me.”

He took visits to every of his finalists, along with his Waco, Texas, journey coming in early October.

“On my go to, it felt like residence,” he stated. “I bought a sense in my coronary heart, and I simply knew. I like their setting.”

A 6-foot-5 guard from the Bahamas who attends Lengthy Island Lutheran (New York), Edgecombe is ranked No. 5 within the ESPN 100 for the 2024 class. He was the final remaining uncommitted top-10 senior.

Taking part in on the grassroots circuit for Southeast Elite, Edgecombe averaged 21.6 factors, 5.9 rebounds and three.3 assists in seven video games on the Sportradar Showdown final summer season in Las Vegas, and has continued his stellar play throughout the highschool season. He scored 20 factors in opposition to Montverde Academy (Florida) in December and in addition went for 21 factors, 11 rebounds and eight assists in a win over La Lumiere (Indiana) earlier this month.

A robust, athletic guard who’s scoring the ball at a excessive clip from all three ranges, Edgecombe is at his greatest attacking the rim and ending. His 3-point shot has made huge strides, and he decelerates into his pull-up sport successfully. He has continued to develop his spectacular playmaking capacity, and his drive-and-kick sport reveals imaginative and prescient and accuracy to hit the open man shortly.

Edgecombe takes delight in defending the opponent’s greatest perimeter participant, and along with his robust and explosive body, he’s quickly growing in that space.

He’s the third ESPN 100 prospect in Baylor’s 2024 class, becoming a member of Jason Asemota (No. 29) and Robert Wright III (No. 37). The Bears can even welcome 7-foot junior school switch Noah Boyed subsequent fall.

That is the fourth straight class Baylor has landed a five-star prospect, following Ja’Kobe Walter (No. 8 in 2023), Keyonte George (No. 6 in 2022) and Kendall Brown (No. 17 in 2021).

Edgecombe is this system’s highest-ranked dedication since Isaiah Austin, who was ranked No. 3 within the 2012 class.

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