Baylor adds to its coaching staff
August, 1, 2008
Baylor coach Scott Drew's first response to the hiring of Dwon Clifton Thursday night in a newly created role of the director of player development was that he would never hire a staff member that wouldn't fit into his program. Hiring a coach to get a player happens all over the place, but it's also transparent, though not against NCAA rules. Some coaches do it, some choose not to. Drew isn't hiding from that fact, either. Hiring Clifton, who has a relationship with Baylor assistant coach Matt Driscoll from playing at Clemson from 2000-02 when Driscoll was assistant (Clifton transferred to UNC-Greensboro for 02-05 and then had a brief stint playing professionally in Portugal) is so the Bears can get John Wall. Drew can't say that publicly since Wall is a recruitable athlete. Wall is a point guard from Word of God Christian Academy (N.C.) and a player on Clifton's AAU team D-One Sports Basketball 17-and-under traveling team. Oklahoma State, Kansas, Memphis, Kentucky, NC State, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Indiana, Ohio State, Florida and North Carolina were recruiting him at one time or another. "I had interest from numerous other schools," Clifton said in a Baylor news release, "but what's unique about the opportunity at Baylor is my tie with Coach Driscoll, who recruited me to play at Clemson out of high school."