2016-17 Schedules: Baylor Bears

The Baylor front court will look a bit different in 2016-17 without the likes of Taurean Prince and Rico Gathers, but Johnathan Motley is back to lead the charge.
The Baylor front court will look a bit different in 2016-17 without the likes of Taurean Prince and Rico Gathers, but Johnathan Motley is back to lead the charge.

Heading into the 2016-17 season, the Baylor Bears will look a little bit different than they did a season ago. The front court will be without two big stars, while a transfer guard will look to make an impact right away,

Forwards Taurean Prince and Rico Gathers have moved on from Waco, Texas, and have taken their talents to the professional level. Prince was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, while Gathers switched sports and was selected as a tight end by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

With their two star forwards gone, the spotlight shifts to junior forward Johnathan Motley. He is the second-leading scorer returning from last year’s team, and should see an increase in production with him being the focal point of the front court.

Motley will need help up front for Baylor to succeed, but the play of the back court could take away some attention and create more opportunities in the process. Transfer Manu Lecomte is eligible this season, and will form a formidable back court rotation alongside returnees Al Freeman and King McClure.

Baylor Bears

2015-16 Record: 22-12 (10-8 in Big 12; Tied-5th)
Key Returnees: Johnathan Motley, Al Freeman, King McClure, Ishmail Wainright
Key Departures: Taurean Prince, Rico Gathers, Lester Medford 

2016-17 Schedule
(** Denotes Conference Play)

11/11/2016: v. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
*Waco, TX

11/15/2016: v. Oregon Ducks
*Waco, TX

11/18/2016: v. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
*Waco, TX

11/23/2016: TBD (Battle 4 Atlantis)
*Paradise Island, Bahamas

11/24/2016: TBD (Battle 4 Atlantis)
*Paradise Island, Bahamas

11/25/2016: TBD (Battle 4 Atlantis)
*Paradise Island, Bahamas

11/30/2016: v. Sam Houston State Bearkats
*Waco, TX

12/3/2016: v. Xavier Musketeers
*Waco, TX

12/14/2016: v. Southern Univ. Jaguars
*Waco, TX

12/17/2016: v. Jackson State Tigers
*Fort Hood, TX

12/18/2016: v. John Brown
*Waco, TX

12/21/2016: v. Texas Southern Tigers
*Waco, TX

1/28/2017: @ Ole Miss Rebels (Big 12/SEC Challenge)
*Oxford, MS

Conference Schedule: TBD