Fans and scouts were stupified when the 6'11" forward Perry Jones declared he was coming back to school at the end of last season. He had a somewhat successful freshman campaign (13.9 points, 7.2 rebounds); Jones was projected to be a top five pick in large part due to his extreme upside of his size, length, tremendous athleticism and versatile skill set. He decided to return to Baylor, even with a five-game suspension looming (improper benefits) and another potential top five pick Quincy Miller committing to the Bears.
After five long games, Baylor, now the No. 8 team in the country, are even more dangerous with the return of Jones to the court. In his first 31 minutes of action this season, he had 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including several high flying finishes and sweet mid-range jumpers. He and his teammates seemed to need a few minutes to get acclimated on the floor, trailing 11-2 in the first few minutes to Prairie View (with Jones making the only shot during this span). But then the Bears started attacking, again led by three Jones' dunks.
The team's leading-scorer through the first five games, freshman Quincy Miller at 15.2 points per game, sat out as a precautionary measure after rolling his ankle.