Jemarl Baker may be the least heralded member of Kentucky’s recruiting class, but former UK great Rex Chapman really likes what he sees out of Baker.
“One thing that stood out is Jemarl Baker can really shoot,” Chapman told SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker. “I could shoot it a little bit — most of the guys I played with could shoot it a bit — but he shoots it like Dell Curry. I’m surprised when he misses. He can really shoot the basketball. He shoots it like Tony Delk.”
Baker was once committed to California as the #72 commit in the class, but committed to Kentucky after decommitting from Cal after Cuonzo Martin took the Missouri job. Knowing that the team needed a perimeter shooting threat, Calipari went after one of the best in the class.
He averaged 17.1 points, 4.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals for Roosevelt High School in Corona, California. On the Under Armour Circuit, Baker averaged 16 points per game and shot an impressive 47.7 percent from three.
On a team that is lacking a lot of shooting options, Baker has the opportunity to carve out a really nice niche on this year’s squad if he can prove to be a solid, two-way player.
Kentucky will need Baker to be a guy that defenses have to keep an eye on and spread the floor to allow guys like Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, Jarred Vanderbilt, and P.J. Washington to attack the basket in space.