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Baylor Bears News: J’Mison Morgan to Redshirt, Gary Franklin to Play

Baylor Bears center J'Mison Morgan will redshirt this season. Morgan has suffered from a lingering calf injury, but the redshirt might have more to do with Baylor's depth at the 4 and 5 positions and not wanting to waste Morgan's senior season playing sparingly in junk time.

Ironically Morgan was granted a waiver by the NCAA which didn't make him sit out the normally requisite year after transferring from UCLA. Last season, Morgan's first with Baylor, he averaged 3 ppg and 2.4 rpg while playing 12.5 minutes per game.

With that announcement Baylor coach Scott Drew also prepared BU fans for California Golden Bears transfer Gary Franklin. Franklin transferred in January 2011 from Cal and sat out the second half of last season and the first half of this one. In 13 games for the Bears, the point guard started 11 while averaging 8.2 ppg and 2 apg in 25.7 minutes of court time per night.

Franklin's addition will help fill out the guard rotation, which is improved upon since last season, but still the weakest link in an otherwise talented and deep Bears squad. Franklin becomes eligible for Saturday's BYU game in Provo.