Men's basketball signs No. 19 recruiting class in nationNov. 11, 2004
DREW WILLIAMSON, sports writer
The Baylor men's basketball team has signed four players to national letters of intent, head Coach Scott Drew announced Wednesday.
Three of the four include high school seniors Henry Dugat of Dayton High School, Kevin Rogers of South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas and Curtis Jerrells of Del Valle High School in Austin. The fourth player is Tony Jones, a freshman at Hill College in Hillsboro; Jones will have three years of eligibility remaining when he enrolls at Baylor.
"Recruiting is kind of like shaving. The day you stop is the day you look like a bum," Drew said. "Work is never done there, but at least we don't have the pressure having to sign three or four guys in the late signing period, so you can attribute more time to your team."
Although Drew and the staff still have one scholarship to hand out for the 2005 class, the class is already being projected as one of the best in the nation. HoopScoop ranks the Bears' class No. 19 in the nation, and of the four players three are among the national Top-100 recruits and three are state Top-10 recruits.
"Our staff is definitely excited about the direction the program is headed, and it all starts with the players we bring in," Drew said. "We feel very good with this group that we were able to sign today."
Kevin Rogers, a 6-foot-8, 240 pound power forward, was rated the sixth best power forward in the nation by Athlon Sports. Rogers averaged 13 points and ten rebounds last year as a junior and is a member of a South Oak Cliff team that could possibly contend for a state title.
"He is ranked very high nationally, 36 in the nation overall," Drew said. "He's somebody that has a lot of skills; he can play on the block, but can also step outside and shoot the ball. He's a great student as well. He's involved in the student body there, and he's definitely a good fit for our team."
Curtis Jerrells and Henry Dugat are both 6-foot-1 guards who Drew will look to work together in the backcourt. Dugat, a combo guard, averaged 28.9 points per game as a junior and is rated the fifth best high school senior by TexasHoops. Jerrells, who Drew referred to as a "stockier version" of Dugat, averaged 18 points and six assists per game as a junior.
"At 6-foot-1, if you don't pay attention he will sneak up and dunk on you, he's got great athleticism. His best asset is probably scoring. He led the Houston area in scoring last year; I mean this is a guy who can score 40 or 50 points per game," Drew said. "Curtis can handle it, pass it and shoot it. I think Henry and Curtis are going to compliment each other very well."
Tony Jones is a 6-foot-7 swingman out of San Antonio. Jones will play his freshman year at Hill College before coming to Baylor. Drew will look for Jones to add length, versatility and athleticism to the Bears.
"Tony is somebody who can run the floor and is very athletic," Drew said. "He will play anywhere from point guard to power forward at Hill College, so he has a lot of weapons."
Drew and the Bears are now preparing for the regular season opener.
Baylor tips off the season at 7 p.m., Nov. 22, at the Ferrell Special Events Center when they host Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College.