Last season Hutchinson CC (KS) guard Josh Baker put a lot of colleges on notice.
The 6-foot-4 guard with an all-around game averaged 13.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assist per game, while shooting 51-percent from the field and 49-percent from three.
“Most coaches are saying they love my ability to shoot the ball but they like that I’m not one dimensional,” Baker explained. “And that there’s more that I bring to the game than just shooting the ball all game.”
So far, Portland State, Pacific, Cal State Bakersfield, UC Santa Barbara, New Mexico, Grand Canyon and Rutgers have offered with programs like UCLA, Alabama, Marquette, Houston, Seton Hall and Louisville, among others recruiting him as well.
New Mexico is one of the many programs that has stayed in consistent contact with Baker and developed a “really good” relationship with him so far.
“I keep in good contact with the head and assistant coach,” he said. “It’s more than a basketball relationship that I have with them.”
Rutgers, who also recently offered Baker, has a similar relationship with the talented JUCO guard.
“I stay in touch with them often,” he said of Rutgers. “Great coaching staff and very good people. I feel they care more about their players being good people than players. It’s more than basketball.”
East Carolina is also another program that has really ramped up their recruitment and has been recruiting Baker hard. The Pirates have communicated with Baker every day, he said.
In all, the recruitment of Baker has started to really pick up with many big time programs showing interest. To make sure the opportunities keep coming, Baker has committed to working on his game to further his skill in preparation for his last season of JUCO basketball.
“Mainly I’ve been in the weight room trying to put on some weight,” he said. “And my ball handling…just getting it tighter.”