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No. 1 Prospect Lauren Cox Gives Verbal Commitment To Baylor

Lauren Cox, the No. 1 women's basketball prospect in the country, chose Baylor after visiting the Bears' campus over the weekend. Courtesy USA Basketball

Lauren Cox, the No. 1 women's basketball prospect in the 2016 class, has given a verbal commitment to Baylor.

The 6-foot-4 forward from Flower Mound (Texas) chose Baylor over finalists Notre Dame, Tennessee, Louisville and Connecticut. She made her official visit to Baylor this weekend.

"I took all my visits and enjoyed each of them. The coaching staffs with each program were phenomenal," Cox said. "I got a chance during my visit [to Baylor] to spend time with my future teammates. ... I have visited the campus many times and just had a feeling that this was my home for my basketball future."

Cox, who has Type 1 diabetes, said Baylor's proximity to home -- approximately a two-hour drive -- also played into her decision.

Cox, the reigning Gatorade player of the year in Texas, has won three gold medals with USA Basketball, most recently this past summer at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Russia.

As a junior at Flower Mound, she averaged 21.7 points, 15.3 rebounds and 5.4 blocks per game. She also plays volleyball at Flower Mound but plans to focus on basketball at Baylor.

Cox joins Calveion Landrum, a 5-10 point guard from La Vega (Waco, Texas) and the No. 40 prospect, in Kim Mulkey's 2016 recruiting class.

The NCAA's early signing period opens Nov. 11. Three top-10 prospects in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 -- Sabrina Ionescu, Natalie Chou and Tori McCoy -- remain undeclared.