Baylor Bears

Utah takes Baylor’s Taurean Prince with 12th overall pick then trades him to Atlanta


Taurean Prince, a two-All-Big 12 forward at Baylor, was selected by Utah with the 12th overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

In a pre-draft deal, he was then traded to Atlanta. The deal won’t be official until July 6.

The Hawks used their 21st overall pick on forward Deandre Bembry of Saint Joseph’s.

Prince developed from an unheralded recruit out of San Antonio Warren High School into an NBA Draft pick. He was a late addition to 2012 signing class. He originally signed with Long Island-Brooklyn, but was released from his national letter of intent after a coaching change and then joined the Bears.

Once in Waco, Prince flourished.

He finished his career ranked 13th on Baylor's all-time scoring list (1,321), ninth in 3-point percentage (.376), tied for seventh in games played (129), seventh in wins (76) and tied for fourth in Big 12 wins (35).

Prince earned the 2015 National Sixth Man of the Year award and Big 12 Sixth Man Award following his breakout junior season.

He switched his jersey number from 35 to No. 21 prior to 2014-15 season in honor of former teammate and current Baylor student assistant Isaiah Austin.

Austin, who attended Arlington Grace Prep and Mansfield Legacy High School, was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, before the 2014 NBA Draft and had to leave the game.

On June 26, 2014, between the 15th and 16th picks of the 2014 Draft, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made Austin a ceremonial pick, which fulfilled his dream of getting drafted.