Leron Black headed to Baylor

Updated: September 17, 2012, 10:57 PM ET
By Dave Telep | ESPN RecruitingNation

The first Top 25 commitment from the Class of 2014 belongs to the Baylor Bears as forward Leron Black (Memphis, Tenn./White Station) committed to Scott Drew at his high school on Monday.

Black, a five-star recruit and No. 13 in the ESPN 60, had interest from Florida, Memphis, Kansas, Kentucky and Ohio State. However, Baylor had one thing that set it apart from the rest of the field.

"At first it was the religion," Black said. "Then, second of all it was the basketball. They've been to the Elite Eight the past two years and this year they sent three players to the NBA. When I was on campus the academics were real good."

Black took an unofficial visit to Waco in early September and sat on his decision. He knew Baylor was the choice for him but it took some convincing with his mother.

"When I went on the unofficial, it was great," Black said. "It looked good and it's the biggest Baptist school in the country and I'm a big Christian.

"I wanted to do it when I was there but my momma said she wanted to wait. I prayed about it. Sunday at church, the preacher said that if God tells you to do something you should listen. People were talking me out of it, but today they came up to the school for open gym and my mom said I could commit so I did."

Black rose this summer to No. 13 as he was one of the elite players at the Nike Elite 100 and was sensational with Team Thad from the spring on through the summer.

"He was great for us this summer," Thad coach Norton Hurd said. "He tore it up. He was the main key and we were 55-4. We won games without him when he got hurt but in the big games, we needed him, he was everything." Only four players from the ESPN 60 are committed. Virginia, Louisville and Indiana are the other schools with highly regarded junior commits.