Baylor basketball shooting guard Tyson Jolly will transfer from the program, according to a report from KCEN’s Nick Canizales.
Jolly was a 3-star prospect and the No. 3 overall player from the state of Oklahoma in the class of 2016. He joined the Bears late in the recruiting class after receiving a release from Cal.
However, Jolly struggled to get on the floor after joining the Bears. He redshirted his first season in Waco, and then appeared for just 178 total minutes as a redshirt freshman. Jolly made just nine field goals in his Baylor career.
Jolly isn’t the only key guard to leave the program. Al Freeman left Baylor as a grad transfer in 2017, and freshman Wendell Mitchell opted to head to a junior college. Jolly’s departure leaves the Bears with just two returning guards on the roster: seniors Jake Lindsey and King McClure.
Baylor will also add Yale guard Makai Mason as a graduate transfer. Former Mississippi State guard Mario Kegler will also be eligible in 2018-19. The Bears are also adding shooting guard Darius Allen as a junior college transfer.
Head coach Scott Drew also has two more available scholarships for the upcoming season, and another if Leonard Allen does not return to the team. Baylor could be aggressive in searching out additional guards. High school guard Tyler Harris is thought to be a top priority.
Guard play doomed Baylor several times throughout the 2017-18 season. It was enough to drop the Bears to No. 62 in KenPom offense. Losing another guard won’t make things any easier.
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