Breaking down Top 100 2017 Kentucky commit Jemarl Baker's game

What kind of player is Kentucky getting in four-star shooting guard in Jemarl Baker? Scout breaks down the Top 100 2017 prospect's game.

Kentucky received a quality addition to its 2017 recruiting class on Monday with the commitment of four-star shooting guard Jemarl Baker.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt is Scout’s 87th ranked prospect in the class.

At 6-foot-3 with a 6-foot-6 wingspan, Baker has the size and length to play multiple positions for the Wildcats on and off the ball, although as of now he’s most efficient at the two.

Baker's best attribute as a player is his ability to shoot threes off the catch; he's a very consistent shooter from distance when his feet are set. Not just a catch and shoot threat, Baker is capable of pulling up and hitting shots from midrange.

In general, it is Baker’s shooting ability that he hangs his hat on. He’s more of a catch and shoot and one or two dribble pull-up threat than a consistently attack the rim guy, but he can get there if there is an opening.

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While Baker is more of a two than one, he has plus vision and passes very well for the position. At the least, he can play some back-up one, although he’ll need to improve against ball pressure and advance his body control to be better creating off the dribble.

Baker has good size, athleticism and toughness. He's got long arms which will only help on defense. He plays very hard and he's a really focused defender. Baker has a pretty good frame and plenty of room to get stronger.

The future Wildcat is known as a quality kid and a hard worker. He’s made strides to his game every year since entering high school and if not for committing to California midway through his junior season, would have been a priority high major target last summer.

Given Baker’s skill set, physical attributes and approach to the game, he projects as a guy who will serve an important role in Lexington.


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