As far as the walk-ons go for the 2012-2013 season, only Bryce Lewis will be returning from last season. Jordan Baird, was recently on the finals of CW’s “The Next”, but lost on the show’s finale episode. Apparently Baird and his family found out he wasn’t returning to the team this season the same way the rest of us did. It will be interesting to see if his music career takes off and I wish him well. Freshman forward Michael Rudy was added to the team’s roster as the team’s other walk-on for this season. Rudy is 6’7″ and attended the same prep school as junior point guard Bryon Allen (St. Thomas More).
Although nothing is official yet, I think it’s pretty safe to say freshman Jalen Jenkins will be redshirting this season. If you remember back in 2008 the team did this with Kevin Foster. Similar to that situation, the current team has a lot of young talent at the forward spot, much like they did in 2008. The move would make sense for Jenkins, who just turned 18 last month, to develop his game under the coaching staff from the sidelines this year.