When L.J. Rose committed to Baylor over the weekend after a visit to the school, Rose, a senior point guard at Westbury Christian (Houston, Texas), listed the typical reasons for pulling the proverbial trigger.
He talked about the academics, the campus life, the coaches… But the one thing that just may have vaulted the Bears past Texas, Arizona, Memphis, Virginia and Houston, was their 6-foot-10 freshman with the gift of gab.
“I’ll have to take come credit for landing L.J.,” said Quincy Miller, who is expected to star for the Bears this season. “I just basically told him about how our system works and how the coaches let us play our natural game. I told him what our great school was like and the campus life. I showed him how much team gear we get too! L.J. was one of our prized recruits. My success rate with recruiting is 100 percent.”
Rose conceded that Miller’s constant sales pitches helped lure him to Waco, Texas, and said that the environment at Baylor was also a major factor.
“Baylor is more like a family rather than just being teammates,” Rose said. “I’ll be able to grow not only physically but also mentally and spiritually. But I’d have to agree that Q helped.”
It’s clear that Miller’s influence is already seeping through.
Before parting ways with ESPNHS, Rose let out the famous Baylor yell, “Sic ‘Em!”
Rose joins Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas) center Isaiah Austin, who is ranked No. 3 in the ESPNU 100, to form the Bears’ 2012 class thus far.
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