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Beyond the Scoreboard: UNCA's MaCio Teague headed to Baylor

UNC Asheville guard MaCio Teague announced Monday he will transfer to Baylor. (Photo credit: UNC Asheville)

UNC Asheville guard MaCio Teague announced Monday he will transfer to Baylor.

A 6-5 sophomore who averaged a team-leading 16.3 points a game for the Bulldogs last season, Teague received his release from Asheville earlier this month and had been the subject of intense recruiting by Power 5 Conference schools like Louisville, Virginia and Xavier.

Teague is the second prominent player to leave the program since coach Nick McDevitt left for Middle Tennessee State and the Bulldogs hired Texas assistant Mike Morrell as his replacement.

Jonathan Baehre announced earlier this month that he has committed to Clemson.

The Bulldogs have lost six prominent, starting players over the past five seasons to transfers, each leaving for a bigger school.

Baylor’s Scott Drew was one of the coaches who came to Asheville earlier this month to recruit Teague.

NCAA rules dictate Teague sit out next season, leaving him two seasons of eligibility.

In an April 17 interview, Teague said he was trying to decide whether to transfer or stay with Asheville.

“I’m just looking for the best fit for what I see as what’s best for my future,” Teague said.

Each of the four previous players who left Asheville for more prominent Division I programs have had some success at their new schools.

Keith Hornsby started two seasons at LSU and played in the NCAA tournament while averaging 13.3 ppg.

Ditto for Andrew Rowsey, who led Marquette in scoring (20.5 ppg) this season.

Dylan Smith played in 34 games for Arizona this season, and Dwayne Sutton appeared in 36 games for Louisville. Both averaged about 15 minutes and 4.3 ppg.

With three starting seniors gone and starters Teague and Baehre leaving as transfers, Morrell will have a major rebuilding job in his first season with the Bulldogs.

Asheville’s top returning player is guard Drew Rackley, who averaged 4.5 points while averaging 14 minutes a game.

On Monday, Morrell announced the signing of his first Asheville recruit, 6-2 guard Cress Worthy.

A native of Gastonia who played at Hunter Huss High, Worthy spent last year at Beckley Prep in West Virginia, where he averaged 20 points, six rebounds and five assists a game.

Worthy joins an Asheville men's basketball program coming off its second straight regular-season Big South Conference championship and third straight postseason appearance with the Bulldogs playing in the 2018 National Invitation Tournament.

The program picked up its seventh Big South Conference regular-season title (1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2007-08, 2011-12, 2016-17 and 2017-18) this past season.

The Bulldogs continued to set the standard in the Big South this past season by becoming the first program in league history to win 15 games or more for 11 straight seasons. The Bulldogs have also now won 10 or more league games in a season for a Big South men's basketball record 11 straight seasons.

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