Big 12 Basketball: Baylor Recruiting Coup, Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello Commit

Mike HendersonCorrespondent IIOctober 24, 2010

Troubled star guard LaceDarius Dunn
Troubled star guard LaceDarius DunnRonald Martinez/Getty Images

Baylor basketball got another huge boost Thursday when top prospects and prep school teammates Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello committed to the program.

This immediately puts them at, or very close to the top of the Big 12 again, in terms of the talent that they can put on the floor.

After landing one of the top recruits this season as well in Perry Jones, the Bears and coach Scott Drew are showing that the program is on the national recruiting scene, a scant few years after the program had essentially been dead.

Miller is a potential one-and-done, like Jones this season. Bello preferred the up-tempo style that Drew employs and has electric athleticism. Both will be keys to the continued resurgence of the basketball program that is developing into a consistent Big 12 power.

This announcement comes on the heel of two potentially damaging incidents for the program.

There are rumors afloat that the program is under investigation for its recruitment of a high school player, Hanner Perea, from South America. This is yet another story about text messages and AAU coaches, etc.

Star guard LaceDarius Dunn remains ineligible to play (he can attend class and practice) as authorities try to determine whether or not to pursue aggravated assault charges against him.

Stories suggest that he broke the jaw of his longtime girlfriend, a report which she is denying.

The 2010 season, on and off the court, has been anything but dull for the Bears—an Elite Eight appearance, accusations, arrests and recruits. Welcome to the Big Time, Mr. Drew.