One of the hardest things for successful college programs to do is live up to their preseason hype. This upcoming college basketball season, three teams are already being touted as head and shoulders above the rest.
The Connecticut Huskies, Kentucky Wildcats and North Carolina Tarheels are these three squads. Right behind them are the Ohio State Buckeyes, mostly because of superstar center/power forward Jared Sullinger.
However, one squad that has the firepower to take down any of these prominent programs are the Baylor Bears. What they lack in excessive preseason hype, they make up for in firepower from their dynamic frontcourt players.
Five Bears are ready to make waves in Waco, Texas and take down anyone in their way.
The centerpiece for the Bears this season will undoubtedly be Perry Jones. The 6'11" sophomore oozes potential. He came into last season as the top freshman in the country and he did not disappoint.
He averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds over the course of the season. His consistency was a bit of a problem, but along the way he showed glimpses of his potential with breathtaking dunks and game changing blocks.
This season, he looks to put it all together after surprisingly foregoing the 2011 NBA Draft in hopes of showing NBA personnel a more consistent season and a maturity in his overall game.
After garnering several accolades during his freshman season, including All-Big 12 honors and Freshman All-America honors, he now is zeroing in on All-American honors, a Big 12 Championship and a 2012 National Championship.
Quincy Acy is one of the most athletic players in America
Every title team needs a leader and for Baylor it should be bouncy forward Quincy Acy. The 6'7" 230 pound power forward is the battle tested veteran on this team. His leadership skills will be crucial in determining how far they go in the NCAA Tournament.
Last year's Big 12 Sixth Man Award winner is a preseason All-Big 12 selection and he needs to take on a bigger workload this season.
He averaged 12.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in game action last year, while also contributing 45 blocks for the Bears. Look for him to provide stellar interior defense, rebounding and scoring help.
Also, when they are in need of a jolt of energy, look for the supreme athlete to provide it in the form of crowd pleasing dunks.
Last year's most heavily recruited Big 12 recruit was Perry Jones. This season, that honor stays in the Bears program with the addition of 6'9" combo forward, Quincy Miller.
The North Carolina native comes to Texas with best friend, super athlete Deuce Bello. Both freshman are ready to make big time waves in the program.
Had he not tore his ACL early last season, Miller was on track to end his high school career as the No. 1 ranked player in the country.
Since rehabbing the injury, word out of Waco is that Quincy is back and better than ever. He, along with Perry Jones, is also a 2012 NBA Lottery candidate depending on his play this season.
Look for him to play small and power forward, providing scoring, rebounding and shot blocking help.
Anthony Jones is a do-it-all forward for Baylor
Another veteran being counted on for leadership this season will be senior Anthony Jones. The 6'10" 190 pound forward has a unique skill set, which he will use to help this team get a championship.
He averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds last season, while also using his passing and dribbling skills to help the team. Look for the rangy athlete to bring even more to the table for Baylor this season.
Think of a poor man's Kevin Durant, able to effortlessly sink 3s, dribble like a shooting guard and rebound and block like a big man.
J'mison Morgan is Baylor's biggest frontcourt player at 6'11 265 lbs.
The third senior member of Baylor's frontcourt is former UCLA Bruin J'mison Morgan. The 6'11" center will provide depth off of the bench and is a capable scorer and rebounder.
Look for him to give Perry and Anthony Jones, Quincy Miller and Quincy Acy quick blows when they are in need of rest.
What Morgan brings most to the athletic squad is his shot-blocking ability and rebounding, which will be important when dealing with other powerful frontcourts in the Big 12 and NCAA Tournament play.
He is the biggest body on the team and he will be crucial in dealing with superstar beefy big men such as OSU's Jared Sullinger.