Baylor Bears Land No. 18 Ranked Basketball Player

The hometown Texas flavor of Baylor is what drew a high school basketball standout to the Waco-based university.

Alexis Morris, a high school senior at Legacy Christian Academy in Beaumont, Texas, has recently committed to play basketball for Baylor University.

Morris announced her decision via Twitter on Sept. 17 that she would be attending Baylor. Morris told the Waco Tribune-Herald newspaper that Baylor had been recruiting her since the eighth grade.

“I want to be a player that comes in and helps them (Baylor) win championships,” Morris said.

The elite 5-foot-6 point guard’s skills will quickly be put to use. Morris was ranked No. 18 in the “espnW HoopGurlz Top 100,” but is ranked No.6 for her position.

Alexis Morris was also a member and leading scorer of the 2015 USA U16 National Team that earned a bronze in Puebla, Mexico. Morris is a quick-footed guard that plays with confidence on the court, both in scoring and defense.

Last season, Alexis Morris averaged 25 points, 8.4 assists, 8.2 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game. In addition, Morris led Legacy Christian (23-9) to a second place finish at the 3A TAPPS State Tournament.

The NCAA women’s basketball early signing period is Nov. 9-16. Although Alexis Morris had given a verbal commitment to UCLA in July, she changed her mind and opted for Baylor, in order to be closer to home.

“UCLA and Baylor were my final two choices,” Morris said to ESPN. “After I decided to open up my recruitment again, there were schools like Wisconsin, LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M that came calling, but in the end, I wanted to play for coach Kim Mulkey.”

Morris joins the incoming 2017 Baylor class with two other Texas players, Deauzya Richards (Houston, TX), a 6-foot-1 guard, and Trinity Oliver (Euless, TX), a 5-foot-9 guard and strong three-point shooter.

The reputation of Baylor basketball recruiting follows a solid 2016 freshman class of Lauren Cox (Flower Mound, TX), Calveion Landrum (Waco, TX) and Natalie Chou (Plano, TX), which ranked as the second best recruiting class in the nation.

According to the most recent USA Today Coaches Poll, Baylor ranks as No. 4 in the nation for women’s collegiate basketball with a 33-1 record. Baylor has also won six straight Big 12 titles.

While Morris is a point-guard, she does not consider that as her true title. Depending on how each game unfolds, she adjusts her mid-range game and defense accordingly.

Morris’ goal for her final high school season is to win a state title for Legacy. As far as her future with Baylor goes, she is focusing on perfecting her three.

“That’s something that I really want to get better at and that’s going to take a lot of hard work,” Morris said.

John Sill