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MBB: Zach Loveday Commits to Baylor

September 25, 2019
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Scott Drew and staff are filling needs in the 2020 class.  They made three guys priorities in the class and have now hit on all three.  Zach Loveday is the latest to join the fold.  Loveday is a 7-0 215 lb stretch 4/5 who is athletic and skilled.  His game will resemble an Isaiah Austin (Baylor) or Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin).  

In the top Adidas Gauntlet competition, Loveday averaged 8.1 ppg; 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.  He shot over 50% from the field in AAU ball where bigs are rarely used efficiently.  He held offers from a host of great basketball programs including Michigan, Florida, Purdue, Marquette, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio State.  Ultimately it came down to Baylor and Louisville and Loveday chose the Bears.  

This commitment gives Baylor a top 5 national class in 2020 with three 4 star commitments of incoming freshmen.  In addition to Loveday, Dain Dainja and LJ Cryer have given their verbal pledges to Baylor.  All three can sign letters of intent to Baylor the week of November 13, 2019 to enroll at Baylor in the summer of 2020.  

Dustin Doparak wrote in the Athletic earlier this summer, “Loveday has evident strengths with a better-than-average handle for a man his size, superb passing skills for a center and a smooth left-handed shooting stroke that could make him a legitimate 3-point threat and a true stretch 5. However, he’s listed at just 200 pounds and has only the rudimentary beginnings of a post game, and he’ll need a lot of time in the weight room and a lot of training before he can be a force on the low block.”

What makes him so valuable is that he plays with an unselfishness that always makes his teammates better.  Here is some recent film of Loveday from this summer.  

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MBB: Zach Loveday Commits to Baylor

2,785 Views | 32 Replies | Last: 2 mo ago by syme
Ashley Hodge
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welcome to Baylor Nation Zach!
BaylorBear20
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Wow. Big time.
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PD: 0
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Wineguy89
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Outstanding!!! Welcome aboard Zach!!

Lefty Dirk on the Brazos is on his way!!
Brian Ethridge
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Big get!
Fil
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Welcome Zach...find the BANC!!
Rletbetter
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Wow! Top 5 class! Baylor will continue to be a major force for many years to come! Sic'Em Bears!
Marlin
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This is most excellent news!
Welcome to Baylor Zach!
Goldigger
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FABULOUS! Baylor will win the Big XII very soon. Keep it coming Scott Drew!
riflebear
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Huge get for Drew and Co

Welcome Mr Loveday.
Workman
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#86 Ben Sims|RS-FR|TE|San Antonio, Texas
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Glu11
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Boom! Great addition. We're getting set up to be really good for a long time.
sicemkentucky
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YESSSSSSSS. Absolute stud. Heck of a 2020 class.
PipBear
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Awesome - can't wait to see him in the green and gold!!! Sic 'em Zach!
Steely Dan
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AWESOME! Zach, you made a great choice. So excited to see you develop under one of the best coaching staffs in America. Great things lie ahead for you and this team!
toughbear
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Zach will fit right in - we are building major team talent- should be dominating the conference and definitely top 10 calibre in the country
jdrs
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Great news! Really looking forward to the future of Baylor basketball!
Banker Bear
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Great news! Welcome, Zach!!
boxster
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Amazing! What a get. "Unselfish"...I'd expect nothing less from a guy Drew is recruiting to be a part of the program. Baylor MBB is having a great year!

And not that Zach would have been a part of this, but interesting how as the illegal flow of money starts drying up in college hoops, Drew starts recruiting better.

Need him here 3 years before he heads to the NBA...is that asking too much?

And if Zach or family reads this: Welcome! Where you attend college is one of those early life exams...and you just aced yours! You'll enjoy being a part of the Baylor family for the next 50-60 years of your life.




What he wants people to know about Baylor football: I want people to see that Baylor is the class of college football. Record GPAs, 26 different majors, guys challenging themselves to be the best they can be. Guys working in the community and guys working to be the best they can be in football. Want people to know Baylor is a great place as a University. -Coach Matt Rhule
TulsaBear
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Fantastic pick up!
Bear8084
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Awesome pick up! Welcome and Sic 'Em Zach!

So does this put to bed that Drew can't recruit anymore?
lancebu
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Awesome! Excited to see him in that new arena!
Keyser Soze
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Chad 2 the Bone
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This may be the biggest commit of what is already an outstanding class. I feel like we are already seeing the impact of the new arena. The future is bright and I'm pretty darn confident that drew will be leading the program to new heights . . . and all while doing things the right way too.

I'm not sure I would trade our two basketball coaches for anyone in the country.
ccbear
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GREAT pick up. Versatile, flexible and selfless big man who can stroke it from deep. Let's go Zack.
CTbruin
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Wow.....what a highlight reel!

He doesn't play like an awkward 7 footer. More like a very flexible, mobile SF. What a shooting stroke!

Great job Drew and staff!
Yankee Bear
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Rumor has it he's +2 on the wingspan. Made somebody's day with that news!
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Thru UT game: 13 solo and 13vassisted tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 6 QB hurries, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
sevenmilebeachbob
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LOVE having Zach aboard!!
Fozzie
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what a great pick-up for Baylor MBB. Scott has put together a high quality roster with high quality guys. Looking more and more like the Virginia formula with some differences in style of play. But I think we are about to see things that Baylor MBB has never seen in terms of winning and accomplishments in the next 5 years.
sicallyall
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Love to see this! Scott is stockpiling some major talent and doing it the right way. I can see where the program would be so attractive to high quality young men.
vanillabryce
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Love this pickup! Great job CSD and staff.
DanaDane
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Scott Drew and staff. Amazing.
syme
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Amazing!
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