Cal lands 2017 SG Jemarl Baker

California struck on New Years Eve, with the Golden Bears securing a commitment from 2017 shooting guard Jemarl Baker.

California added one of Southern California’s top 2017 shooting guards on Thursday, as 6-foot-3, 175-pound Eastvale (Calif.) Roosevelt’s Jemarl Baker pledged to the Golden Bears.

A long guard who can really shoot it off the catch and is capable of knocking down shots with one or two dribble pull-ups, Baker also has the vision and unselfishness to help on the ball.

“It’s just a great family up there,” Baker said. “I felt like family from the moment I stepped on campus.”

According to Baker’s AAU coach with Earl Watson Elite, Ryan Silver, the Cal coaching staff played a big role in his decision.

“Cal made Jemarl a priority,” Silver said. “Cuonzo (Martin) is terrific. Yanni Hufnagel was relentless. They did a great job recruiting him.

“Jemarl really liked Cuonzo and Yanni and the coaching staff. Cal also has great academics.”

The hope for Baker is to be able to contribute early at Cal.

“I see myself fitting in great and making an early impact,” Baker said. “I just want to be able to make plays.”

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