- Paul Biancardi, Basketball Recruiting
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The dynamic duo of Quincy Miller (No. 4 in the ESPNU 100) and Deuce Bello (No. 50 in the ESPNU 100) who are high school and AAU teammates, have decided to keep their tandem going by committing to Baylor and coach Scott Drew on Thursday.
Both currently attend Westchester Country Day School in North Carolina.
Miller, who is from North Chicago, Ill., is an elite player who will be a top NBA pick with development. He has a unique skill set as a versatile 6-foot-10 forward with the ability to dominate a game both inside with his shot blocking and rebounding and on the perimeter with his shooting touch. Right now he is a power forward with the potential to be a small forward and could even play center in a pinch. Effort and a consistent approach have been weaknesses at times for Miller, but he's recently made good strides in that department. If that continues to hold true, Baylor's opponents are in for some long nights.
"On my visit it was a family atmosphere and coach Drew is an honest guy," said Miller. "When I would call him after games he would tell me what I did well and also what I needed to work on. I like that."
The second member of this package deal is no slouch either. As one of the most electrifying high-flyers in the country, Bello, who is from High Point, N.C., (home of Westchester) will be an instant crowd favorite in Baylor's up-tempo attacking system. He is a superior athlete who has improved his overall skill level and rounded out his game to include the ability to beat his opponent from the perimeter. When Bello is dropping 3s he's difficult to stop.
"[Baylor's] a perfect fit for me," said Bello. "I like the style of play. It's a fast-paced offense and [the Bears] do it with long, athletic players like myself."
They are both great fits for Baylor, and as high school teammates should have a smooth transition to playing together at college. Miller will have an immediate impact for the Bears as Drew plays to his strengths in the half-court set. He will be a force in transition as the trailer knocking down 3s. Bello will be an immediate contributor using his athleticism to score in transition or off the bounce, and both will thrive in Baylor's 2-3 zone.
The combination of Miller and Bello not only catapults Baylor's recruiting class to No. 10 in the rankings, but it is another clear sign the Bears can go out and compete for the best players on a national level. Last year, Drew signed small forward Perry Jones (No. 7 in the ESPNU 100) and already has a commitment from the No. 4-ranked player in the 2012 class, center Isaiah Austin (Mansfield, Texas/Grace Prep). There is a strong possibility that Jones will have moved onto the NBA by the time Miller and Bello get on campus, but if not it would be a nightmare for opposing teams trying to figure out a way to match up with them.
Paul Biancardi, who has been a head coach and assistant on NCAA tournament teams, is the national director of basketball recruiting. He is also one the voters for McDonald's All-American Game and Gatorade Player of the Year. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.