Jemarl Baker Jr. has a new home, and now, he’ll be eligible to play there for the upcoming season.
After leaving the Kentucky Wildcats earlier this offseason, Baker joined the Arizona Wildcats over the summer. He later applied for a waiver to gain immediate eligibility instead of sitting out for a year, which is typically the case for transfers.
However, Baker learned today that he will be eligible to play for Arizona in the 2019-20 season. He’ll be a nice piece for an Arizona team ranked in the top 25 of every major preseason ranking.
There had been rumors since the middle of last season that Baker could look to transfer out west and be closer to his home in California. Kentucky also added Tyrese Maxey and Johnny Juzang to join Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley for this season, which would have made it hard for Baker to earn significant minutes yet again, so it made sense for him to move somewhere he will have a chance to make a bigger impact while being closer to friends and family.
While Baker rarely got a chance to make a big impact in Lexington, fans will remember him for his performance against Wofford in the NCAA Tournament, where he helped stifle Fletcher Magee while providing a huge spark off the bench in a narrow win over the Terriers.
I can confidently say the Big Blue Nation will still be rooting for Baker as he looks to show the nation what he’s made of.