Robert Baker commits to Harvard

Harvard added the fifth pledge of their 2016 recruiting class on Wednesday, when Robert Baker opted to end his recruitment.

Georgia native Robert Baker made a verbal commitment to Harvard late Wednesday evening, he told Scout.

“As a family we just thought they had everything I needed,” Baker told Scout. “They have the full package really. The academics are there. The basketball has been there the past five years, winning the Ivy league and being in the tournament the past four.

“They’ve had success with great guys and are getting more great guys coming in my class,” he added. “It’s really exciting.”

Baker, a 6-foot-9, 195-pound power forward out of Marietta (Ga.) The Walker School, said he picked Harvard over scholarship offers from Georgia, Florida, Princeton and Penn.

“They have Chris [Lewis], Seth Towns, who I hear is really, really good,” Baker said. “The coaches said they may bring in another really good point guard. It’s hard to refuse, especially with the Harvard education.”

Baker said he's built strong relationships with the Harvard coaching staff. He also noted his future head coach reminds him of his current one.

“Coach [Tommy] Amaker, he reminds me a lot of my high school coach, but a little older,” Baker said. “He’s a lot like my high school coach. I had a real comfort level with him and the vision with the program and myself.”

Baker still must go through the Harvard admissions process before things are finalized.

Baker joins a terrific recruiting class for Harvard that Lewis, a four-star prospect, as well Towns, Justin Bassey and Christian Juzang.

As a junior, Baker, who is known for his versatility as a stretch forward, averaged 18.6 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks a game.

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