There have been rumblings that Jemarl Baker Jr. could look at a transfer this offseason, and that’s exactly what he’ll do.
According to Jeff Goodman, Baker has entered the transfer portal and is now set to leave Lexington:
Kentucky’s Jemarl Baker will transfer, source told @Stadium. Quality shooter who was injured for much of his time in Lexington.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 17, 2019
There have been rumors since the middle of last season that Baker could look to transfer closer to home in California. That, along with Kentucky adding Tyrese Maxey to join Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley, which will make it hard for Baker to earn significant minutes yet again next season, it makes sense for him to at least consider a move to 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.
It’s not ideal to lose Baker, as Kentucky is now down to just three true scholarship guards for next season. Expect to see them kick the tires on some grad transfer guards or possibly some uncommitted recruits.
Best of luck to Baker in his future endeavors if this is truly the end.