Baker was recruited by PC last summer but he ended up choosing South Carolina when PC received a verbal commitment from guard Kris Dunn. Dunn signed with PC last fall and became a McDonald’s All-American. Baker never signed with USC, however, and came back on the market in December. Now Baker is planning on signing with Providence in the spring period in two weeks.
With Vincent Council recently announcing he would return for next year and Kris Dunn on his way, the Friars are either going to be incredibly deep at the PG position (is it me, or have we had 1 PG every year for the last 10 years), or Kiwi Gardner isn’t in the plans. Either way, it’s another scholarship add, so obviously more transfers are coming (Coleman, Giplaye).
Here is more about Ian Baker from ESPN back in June of 2011.
Native of the Baltimore/DC corridor. Baker is a fusion of scoring and passing from the point guard position. He can get in lane and create scoring chances. Confident player and he’ll take his medicine and get to the line. Has the ability to run a team and play effectively in the halfcourt.
Baker’s biggest nemesis is decision making. He’s prone to going for the home run pass opting for the reward over the risk. Must value the basketball and become a better shooter from behind the line. Size is a question mark at the highest level. Keeping the assist to turnover ration in good shape is important.
Baker tracks as a very good mid-major recruit, the kind that would typically find a home in the A10. Big schools, given the state of the point guard play in the class will look his way. First tier mid-major recruit who will get sniffs from BCS leagues.