The Baylor Bears are on the board in the class of 2016 with SF Mark Vital (Lake Charles, LA/Washington-Marion). The on-the-cuff ESPN25 player chose the Bears over a combination of early interest and offers from Ohio State, Arizona, LSU and Tulane among others.
"I unofficially visited Baylor about three weeks ago. It is a great Christian school with great academics and a family atmosphere. I love Coach Scott Drew's personality. He is a really cool dude.” Vital said.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Vital is a very athletic small forward that is a highlight waiting to happen on the break. He finishes lobs in traffic and power dunks on all clear paths to the rim. Vital is a powerful straight line driver that can finish through contact or draws the foul and is a huge problem on the offensive glass. He is a pretty good mid-range shooter off the catch as well. Vital already has a college-ready body and tremendous upside.
Vital was terrific in June at the Super Soph Camp in Atlanta and has a bright future with the talent and ability to contribute right away when he arrives in Waco in a few years.
The Bears have made a huge statement with this early pledge because Vital was a hot recruiting target for many high major programs heading into the upcoming high school season.