Bears down to seven on scholarship

Updated: August 26, 2003, 11:18 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Baylor is down to seven scholarship players for the 2003-04 season after junior guard John Lucas III enrolled at Oklahoma State on Monday, new Baylor coach Scott Drew told ESPN.com.

Baylor role call

LEAVING

  • John Lucas, junior, guard: to Okla. St.
  • Tyrone Nelson, freshman, forward: to Prairie View A&M
  • Lawrence Roberts, junior, forward: to Mississippi St.
  • Kenny Taylor, junior, guard: to Texas

    ON WAY OUT?
    Corey Herring, sophomore, forward (asked for release)

    STAYING PUT

  • R.T. Guinn, senior, center
  • Ellis Kidd Jr., junior, guard
  • Carl Marshall, freshman, guard
  • Matt Sayman, senior, guard
  • Terrance Thomas, senior, forward
  • Tommy Swanson, sophomore, forward
  • Harvey Thomas, junior
    -- The Associated Press
  • Lucas will be in class Tuesday, a source at Oklahoma State confirmed for ESPN.com.

    "It's disappointing because we could have used him, but he wants to play and he had a good visit up there this past weekend,'' said Drew, who had scheduled a meeting with Lucas' family Tuesday in Houston. "I guess I've got one less thing to do (Tuesday). But now I've got to get some more recruits.''

    Lucas' decision came a few hours before the Big 12 announced that it would waive the transfer rule within the conference for Baylor players. That means Lucas and former Baylor guard Kenny Taylor (Texas) won't lose a season of eligibility and will have two seasons remaining. The NCAA waived the transfer rule of sitting out one year in residence for all Baylor players. So, Lucas, Taylor and Lawrence Roberts (Mississippi State) can play this season at new schools.

    Incoming freshman Tyrone Nelson was released from his national letter of intent and went to Prairie View A&M. He is expected to get out of the one-year NLI penalty and play immediately for A&M.

    Lucas spent the weekend in Stillwater, Okla., flew home to Houston Sunday, then returned by lunchtime Monday to enroll in fall semester classes.

    Lucas told the Houston Chronicle on Monday, "I fell in love with the place. Everybody here bleeds orange. It's just a special atmosphere. There is so much fan support.''

    Lucas will slide in and likely start at point for the Cowboys. Oklahoma State didn't have a replacement for the departed Victor Williams. Lucas (13.3 ppg) scored 31 points in two games against the Cowboys last season, dishing out 12 assists with two turnovers in 85 minutes. He's considered a scoring point and a solid floor leader. Lucas worked out extensively with his father, John Lucas, over the summer, sometimes going four times daily.

    Oklahoma State was going to go with 6-6 junior Central Florida transfer Stevie Graham as its point guard before getting Lucas. Graham was considered a combo guard but not a true point. Oklahoma State was willing to go with a bigger lineup before getting Lucas. But now the Cowboys feel they have a more balanced lineup with Graham; his brother, 6-7 junior Joey Graham; Lucas; 6-4 senior Tony Allen; and 6-8 senior Ivan McFarlin.

    Baylor's remaining roster for the 2003-04 is made up of senior guard Matt Sayman, junior guard Ellis Kidd Jr. and freshman guard Carl Marshall; senior forwards R.T. Guinn and Terrance Thomas, sophomore forward Tommy Swanson and junior forward Harvey Thomas.

    Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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