Still making some big time roster moves, Sean Miller and the Arizona Basketball team have secured a huge transfer from Kentucky shooting guard, Jemarl Baker!
Who said Arizona Basketball is done recruiting? Well, already making moves for the 2020-21 season and beyond, the Wildcats have added a big time transfer in Jemarl Baker, Jr.
A former four-star and standout at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Southern California in the class of 2017, he committed to Kentucky despite offers from Cal, Nevada, San Diego State and USC among others.
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A star in the class of 2017, Baker was set for a potentially big season, but unfortunately things didn’t quite pan out that way, as he actually ended up having knee surgery that ultimately derailed his freshman season.
Baker would redshirt in 2017-18, putting basketball on hold for a year.
Finally, after rehab and much anticipation, Baker made his debut with the Wildcats this last season.
On a loaded Kentucky team, Baker played in 28 games, averaging just nine minutes of action per game. However, in the limited action Baker saw, the redshirt freshman averaged just 2.3 points per game, to go along with 0.4 assists and 0.5 rebounds.
Heading into 2020-21, it appears Baker felt with it was time to look elsewhere, officially entering his name into the NCAA transfer portal back in April.
Well, now after touring a few campuses the past month, it seems Baker was ready to make his choice, officially committing to the other Wildcats, you know, those ones we love and adore down here in Tucson!
As it stands, Baker will likely have to sit out a year, but should be ready to compete in 2020-21 and beyond!
At 6-feet-4-inches, Jemarl is an interesting prospect that should provide great amount of talent to this squad in the near future.
Coming out of high school, he was coveted for his shooting ability, and it makes sense Arizona sought out a player like Baker. While at Roosevelt HS, Jemarl made 94 of his attempts, converting at 34 percent according to Maxpreps.
At Zona Zealots, we’re excited for the addition of Jemarl and can’t wait to see what he can bring to the Wildcats! As always, Bear Down, Arizona and Welcome to the Wildcat Family, Jemarl!