Evann Baker Makes It Official

Evann Baker Makes It Official
By Zach Smart

DeMario Anderson was on his way to study hall when his cell phone tooted twice, indicating he had a text message. But this wasn’t a teammate looking to confirm practice time or a friend asking about his plans for later.

It was Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore.

And, he had some good news.

“We just got a boost,” Anderson said, reading the words on his cell phone screen before learning that Maryland’s Evann Baker had just committed.

Baker—a 6-foot-3 guard and DC’s 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year — signed a National Letter of Intent to Quinnipiac yesterday, where he’ll join older brother Jeremy, who inked at the beginning of June.

Baker had been choosing between a handful of Division-I programs after prepping a year at Maine Central Institute. Baker had originally committed to Wichita State, but he had to reconsider after coach Mark Turgeon left to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M this past April.

This past season, his game caught the attention of a plethora of top-shelf teams—including Ohio, UConn, and Texas. Scout.com reported that Quinnipiac, however, was the only school on both the Baker brothers’ lists, and both are eligible to play this season.

Jeremy Baker — a combo guard and transfer via Garden City Community college in Kansas, has played alongside and against the aforementioned Anderson—a super-athletic wing who averaged 18 points in NEC play last season — during their time on the Maryland playgrounds.

Assistant coach Sean Doherty said he was excited about the arrival of both Bakers. Doherty also said that with the Baker brothers, Anderson, and power forward Louis Brookings — a transfer by way of Maryland-Eastern Shore — the Bobcats could have four Maryland natives in the starting lineup.

It makes sense. Maryland has morphed into a basketball breeding ground the past few years, producing players such as Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, and Michael Beasley, the top-ranked high school basketball player in the United States this season.

Evann Baker starred at Bishop Carrol in DC, where he punished opponents to the tune of 19 points and nine assists per game. He made headlines after hanging 51 points on Brevard Christian in the Montverde Academy Invitational tournament his junior season.

At MCI this past year, Baker averaged 22 points, six dimes, and five boards while playing mostly as an off-guard.

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