By LARRY VAUGHT
While he’s not a national name like many Calipari signees, 6-4 Jemarl Baker is a consensus top 100 player, a four-star recruit and had other scholarship offers from San Diego State, Oklahoma State, Nevada, Providence and Southern California.
Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek (@KP_Rivals on Twitter) has seen Baker play and knows what he can do from long range.
“He has a quick release and isn’t afraid to shoot it with someone in his face. If he’s hot one game and starts knocking them down from the 3, his two-dribble pull up jumper is there when the defense crashes,” she said. “In December I saw him hit seven 3’s and finish with 27 points against the Ball brothers and Chino Hills.”
The Ball brothers were senior LiAngelo and sophomore LaMelo, who had 92 points in a game in February. Their older brother, Lonzo, was a freshman standout at UCLA this year and LiAngelo will be at UCLA next season. Chino Hills was one of the nation’s top teams.
“Baker held LeMelo Ball to 17 points and if you know anything about LaMelo Ball, that’s pretty impressive,” Peek said.