Baylor lost to Texas tonight to drop to 17-13 overall and 8-9 in conference with now no hope of making the NCAAT short of winning the Big XII tournament.
If anyone recalls from recruiting, Ricardo Gathers from Riverside Academy in Reserve and a former high 4-star/low 5-star recruit, chose Baylor over LSU in February last year. By all accounts, Trent Johnson just dropped the ball on him despite many folks saying he liked LSU a lot, and he ended up choosing Baylor, who at the time was riding high their Elite 8 appearance. When Johnny Jones was hired at LSU on April 15, Gathers signed his LOI to Baylor the next day, so he was off the board immediately for any last chance flip.
Now fast forward to now, LSU and Baylor actually sit fairly evenly at this point, when Baylor had quite a bit higher expectations, and LSU had lower expectations. LSU's missing link this year was a solid big to play alongside Johnny O'Bryant III, which Gathers has played well in a reserve role at Baylor this year and probably would have put this LSU team over the NCAAT hump as a starter. Instead, he might get to play against LSU in the NIT tournament it appears...what a turn of events.
To make things possibly worse for Gathers, Baylor is losing 2 senior starters for next season and freshman 7 footer (Isaiah Austin) is expected to make the pro jump as a projected late 1st/early 2nd round pick. So they will definitely lose 3 starters, and possibly a 4th in JR. PF Cory Jefferson, a mid-late 2nd round projected pick. Baylor's expectations for next year, wont be very big if they lose 4 starters, but still could be rough losing 3 starters. Meanwhile LSU is a "sky is the limit" team for next season losing only 1 starter and bringing in a Top 5 type of recruiting class.
Oh how things can change, ever so quickly. I wish Trent Johnson left right after the season ended and gave Johnny Jones the time to secure up Ricardo Gathers