Dain Dainja’s Path to Waco | How Baylor Was Built

Dain Dainja, 6-9, 270, F, Fr., (Brooklyn Park, Minn.)
Committed: June 22, 2019

The skilled freshman from Brooklyn Park, Minn. sat out this season, but he came in as 247Sports’ No. 51 recruit in the country. Dainja’s father played at Minnesota, but it was a connection with current Baylor special assistant and director of player development Jared Nuness that helped him get to Waco.

Nuness also grew up in Minnesota and played with James Ware, the former Texas Tech guard who coached Dainja at Park Center. Dainja came to the Bears’ team camp his sophomore season and wound up picking Baylor over Clemson and Ohio State.

“He’s a skilled lefty with big hands and a long wingspan,” Nuness said of Dainja. “He’s really good around the rim. He’s very talented, has a big body with wide shoulders and is extremely strong.”