WACO, Texas - Baylor head men's basketball coach Scott Drew announced the signing of Givon Crump (Wolfeboro, N.H.), Cory Jefferson (Killeen, Texas) and A.J. Walton (Little Rock, Ark.) to National Letters of Intent for the 2009-10 academic year Wednesday.
Crump (first name is pronounced JIV-ON), a 6-foot-6 small forward, averaged nine points and 4.5 rebounds as a junior last season for Brewster Academy, which had nine players sign Division I scholarships a year ago. He came off the bench last season for Brewster's 31-4 team that won the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) championship and finished third at the National Prep School Tournament.
Crump is the 14th-ranked fifth-year player, according to HoopScoop.com and is also a top 10 Bob Gibbons All-Star Report fifth-year player. He is ranked No. 142 nationally in Rivals.com's Class of 2009 and is the 31st-rated small forward in the ESPNU 100.
"For the last few years, Baylor has been known for its great 3-point shooting and Givon is one of the best in the nation," Drew said. "He has NBA range and great height, which makes him tough to defend."
A 6-foot-9 power forward from Killeen, Jefferson averaged 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.1 blocks as a sophomore in 2006-07, earning All-District 16-4A first team honors. Jefferson is ranked No. 33 overall and No. 11 among power forwards by Rivals.com. Jefferson is listed No. 59 by HoopScoop.com and No. 86 overall in the ESPNU 100 (No. 29 among power forwards).
Jefferson is ranked No. 67 in Bob Gibbons All-Star Report. He is listed as the 20th-best center in the nation by Scout.com.
"Our staff has waited a long time to sign a great local player like Cory," Drew said. "He has tremendous potential and is someone our fans are going to enjoy watching for the next four years."
Walton, a 6-foot-1 point guard, completes Baylor's three-player class during the early signing period. The Little Rock, Ark., native averaged 12 points and seven rebounds as a junior, earning Mr. Basketball honors in the state of Arkansas. Walton is ranked No. 84 in the ESPNU Top 100 and Bob Gibbons All-Star Report. He is ranked No. 77 overall by HoopScoop.com. He is ranked as the 18th-best point guard in the nation by Scout.com.
"Any time you get a ‘Mr. Basketball' like A.J. from Arkansas, you know you are getting a player," Drew said. "He's a leader, loves to compete and, most importantly, seems to always find a way to win.
"All three are great individuals and come from tremendous families and they will represent Baylor University in an outstanding manner," Drew said.