You probably haven't heard much of Lacedarius Dunn. Don't worry, you will soon. The Big 12 will have to get to know the No. 87 ranked junior in the country a lot better. Dunn is headed to the conference after verbally committing on Monday.
According to Dunn's Louisiana Dream Team AAU coach Eldon Pipes, Baylor landed the sleeper from the class of 2007.
"Baylor did a very good job of letting him know how he fit into their program," Pipes said. "He was really impressed with the staff there and how hard they worked. They were aware of the problem they had and they didn't try to hide from it. They expressed how it wouldn't have an impact on him when he'd get there. They sold the truth to him."
"He understood where he fit. He didn't have to guess. He really understood it all with them."
Scott Drew and his staff will add size, athleticism and versatility from the 6-foot-4, 190-pound combo guard from Excelsior Christian School in Monroe, La. Dunn can play the point but also has the bounce and shot to make him a deadly scorer both at the rim and on the wing.
Dunn is an important piece to Baylor's recruiting puzzle. As the Bears try to rebuild the program in Waco, Drew and his staff continue to add high impact players. Dunn is a proven winner, Pipes says. Point in case, look at the job he's done at Excelsior Christian.
"When he got there, they were bad. It wasn't pretty," Pipes says.
Dunn's freshman year Excelsior was the state runner-up. His sophomore year, the team claimed the state title. This season Excelsior is 25-2 and "well on their way to winning it again," says Pipes.
While he may not be a major name on the recruiting radar, Dunn is a big time talent. Texas and UConn turned up the heat this season, Pipes said, while Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss were heavily involved.
Dunn is the first player to commit to Baylor in the class of 2007.