WACO, Texas — Baylor received signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball from LaceDarius Dunn of Monroe, La., and Fred Ellis of Sacramento, Calif., head coach Scott Drew announced Wednesday.
“Our staff is excited to sign LaceDarius and Fred because both can contribute not only on the basketball court, but also be great representatives of Baylor University,” Drew said.
Dunn, a senior at Excelsior Christian School, is the highest-rated Baylor signee in recent memory. Dunn is rated the No. 18 recruit nationally by Scout.com’s Dave Telep. Other national ratings include: No. 18 by PrepHoopsOnline.com, No. 27 by Hoopmasters.com, No. 29 by HoopScoop.com and No. 33 by Rivals.com.
“The signing of LaceDarius shows how far our program has come; that Baylor basketball can attract national top 30 players,” Drew said. “LaceDarius will remind some of the Baylor faithful of Vinnie Johnson of old; from the standpoint that he is capable of instant offense and scoring in bunches. At 6-4, he also has the physical presence to make a difference in the rebounding department as well.”
A 6-4 shooting guard, Dunn was rated the No. 5 player at the 2006 Adidas Superstar Camp in Atlanta by USA TODAY. He is rated the nation’s fifth-best shooting guard by Scout.com and the No. 7 shooting guard by Rivals.com.
Dunn is a two-time, first-team all-state honoree who scored 61 points in a win over Sicily Island last month. He guided Excelsior Christian to a 35-4 record as a junior in 2005-06, averaging 27.7 points, 13 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Dunn led ECS to the state semifinals, where it was defeated 65-55 by Reserve Christian School and current Baylor guard Tweety Carter (Dunn scored a game-high 26 points).
Dunn led Excelsior Christian to the Class C state title and a 47-2 record as a sophomore in 2004-05. He averaged 22.8 points per game and was named the Class C MVP.
Ellis is a senior at Sacramento High School in Sacramento, Calif. He was called the “biggest sleeper” recruit of the summer by Telep at Scout.com.
“Fred will be an early favorite for next year’s Moonlight Madness dunk contest,” Drew said. “Baylor fans will really enjoy his athleticism and some of the highlight-reel plays he’ll make.”
A 6-7 wing, Ellis led SHS to a 29-6 overall record and an 11-1 conference mark as a junior in 2005-06. Sacramento lost in the SJS-Div. III championship game. Ellis averaged 7.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. Ellis was invited to the Super 100 Basketball Camp in Berkeley last summer.
BAYLOR 2007 SIGNEES:
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (School)
LaceDarius Dunn G 6-4 190 Fr. Monroe, La. (Excelsior Christian School)
Fred Ellis F 6-7 190 Fr. Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento HS)