Leading 25 junior Missi picks Baylor, ‘the best place’

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  • Top 25 junior Yves Missi announced his dedication to Baylor on Wednesday, making the Bears the only men’s basketball program in the country with several top-25 juniors already committed.Missi selected Scott

    Drew’s program over Texas and Stanford. He took a check out to Baylor in October.

    “It’s the ideal location for me,” Missi told ESPN. “I believe it’s the best place to assist me reach my goals of playing in the NBA. I have a remarkable relationship with head coach Scott Drew and the staff. Coach Drew was calling me over the summer season when I was back in Cameroon. He remained in consistent contact. My parents talked to him and my sibling Steve too. He is a very good individual.”

    Missi follows in the footsteps of Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, a fellow Cameroon native who has played at Baylor because 2018. While he originates from a family of basketball players– his sibling dipped into Harvard and both of his parents played for the Cameroon national team– Missi has been playing basketball for only three years, going from a 6-foot-3 soccer striker to a 6-7 basketball player. He now stands 6-11.2 Associated

    The No. 25-ranked prospect in the 2024 class and a top-five center in the country, Missi has significant capacity. He balanced 12.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks on the Nike EYBL U16 circuit last spring and summer season with the PSA Cardinals grassroots program, and revealed his ability as a rebounder and shot-blocker with Respected Preparation (California) this high school season.Missi moves exceptionally well, both sprinting the floor to convert at the rim and securing ball screens with lateral quickness at the other end of the flooring. He has strong footwork and shows instincts to prepare for missed out on shots. His offensive game is quickly growing. Baylor runs lob plays both in the half court and off inbounds, and Missi is a threat above the rim. He’s also effective in screen-and-rolls to the basket with timing and good hands to capture and end up. He can make straight line drives from the high post and is a remarkably great passer.His biggest

    impact now begins the protective end as a help-side shot-blocker. In Baylor’s 1-3-1 zone defense, he would be ideal in the back line or can use the wing.Missi signs up with

    ESPN 60 wing Jason Asemota (No. 22) and point player Robert Wright III in Baylor’s 2024 class.

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