WACO, Texas – Baylor men’s basketball has signed junior college transfer guard Devonte Bandoo, head coach Scott Drew announced Monday.
Bandoo, who spent the past two seasons at Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College, will enroll at Baylor this summer and will have two years of immediate eligibility.
“Devonte has only been playing basketball for a handful of years, and he’s continued to improve in all facets of his game,” Drew said. “He’s also a great fit in our program spiritually, academically and socially. We’ve had a lot of success with Canadian guards like Brady Heslip and Kenny Chery, and we’re excited about Devonte joining the Baylor Family.”
A Brampton, Ontario, native, Bandoo started 35 games as a sophomore at Hutchinson in 2017-18. He averaged 16.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 32.1 minutes per game. Bandoo shot .438 from 3-point range, connecting on 64-of-146 attempts from downtown, and he shot .812 at the free throw line on nearly four attempts per game.
As a freshman in 2016-17, Bandoo played in 37 games and averaged 13.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 22.4 minutes per game off the bench. He helped Hutchinson claim the 2017 NJCAA Division I national championship with four wins in four days, including a season-high and team-leading 22 points in the championship game against Eastern Florida State College.
Bandoo scored 1,072 points in 72 games during his two-year career at Hutchinson, averaging 14.9 points in 27.1 minutes per game. The Dragons went 63-9 in games he played, and he finished his junior college career with 21 consecutive games scoring in double-figures, including eight game of 20-plus points in that streak. He topped the 20-point mark 11 times in his final 36 games, including a career-high 26 points on 5-of-5 from 3-point range on Jan. 10, 2018, at Independence Community College.
With the addition of Bandoo, Baylor’s 2018-19 signing class now stands at seven players, five of which will be immediately eligible. BU also welcomes freshmen forwards Matthew Mayer (Austin, Texas/Westlake HS) and Flo Thamba (Grundy, Va./Mountain Mission School), junior college transfer guard Darius Allen (Melbourne, Fla./Palm Beach State) and graduate transfer guard Makai Mason (Greenfield, Mass./Yale). UNC Asheville transfer MaCio Teague and Auburn transfer Davion Mitchell will be eligible for the 2019-20 season.
The Bears return four letterwinners from a 19-win team, and they add two transfers who sat out this past season as redshirts. Jake Lindsey and King McClure return for their senior seasons, while Tristan Clark and Mark Vital will be back as sophomores.
Mario Kegler and Freddie Gillespie will both be eligible after sitting out the 2017-18 season as transfers. Kegler is a redshirt sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining, while Gillespie is a redshirt junior with two seasons of eligibility. Kegler made 31 starts as a true freshman at Mississippi State in 2016-17, and Gillespie spent two seasons at Division III Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.
BAYLOR CLASS OF 2018-19 SIGNEES
Darius Allen, 6-4, 185, Melbourne, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna Prep/Palm Beach State)
Devonte Bandoo, 6-3, 185, Brampton, Ontario (Faith Baptist HS/Hutchinson [Kan.] CC)
Makai Mason, 6-1, 185, Greenfield, Mass. (Hotchkiss School/Yale)
Matthew Mayer, 6-7, 190, Austin, Texas (Westlake HS)
Davion Mitchell, 6-1, 200, Hinesville, Ga. (Liberty County HS/Auburn)
MaCio Teague, 6-3, 190, Cincinnati, Ohio (Walnut Hills HS/UNC Asheville)
Flo Thamba, 6-10, 220, Grundy, Va. (Mountain Mission School)