The state of Texas is among the best at consistently producing talented basketball players.
So despite Quentin Grimes missing from Basketball University's opening round game of the adidas Gauntlet Atlanta stop, there were plenty of other prospects to evaluate.
Perhaps the player that stuck out the most was 6-foot-10 sophomore post player Will Baker.
Baker, a standout at Austin (Tex.) Westlake, impressed with his hands, touch, deceptive mobility and feel for the game.
“It’s been good,” Baker said of the AAU season. “I’ve been working hard. I’m mainly working on rebounding. That’s my main focus. I think I’m improving. I like the guy on my new team.”
“I think I’m an inside-out player,” he added. “I can shoot a little bit. I was off this game, but that’s not an excuse. I rebound and get balls from posting up.”
Baker scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in Basketball University’s loss to MBA Hoops. Among the schools watching Baker were Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma State and others.
“It’s going good,” Baker said about the recruiting process. “It’s not as bad as what it’s going to be when they start calling me, but it’s going good.”
Texas: “It’s still pretty early in the recruiting process, but I’ve always been a fan so that’s good. It’s always been a dream to get an offer, so that was cool.”
Texas A&M: “It’s like a family environment. I really like coach Kennedy and the guys in their program.”
OU: “I really like their program.”
Thus far, Baker has taken unofficial visits to Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.