Top 2017 point guard Jemarl Baker recaps his second visit to Cal and the Blue and Gold Scrimmage

Point guard Jemarl Baker recaps his visit to Berkeley for the Blue and Gold Scrimmage, his second in the last month ...

If there's one word that 2017 three-star point guard Jemarl Baker would use to describe Cuonzo Martin's Cal basketball program, it would be "Family," and he got to sit square in the middle of that family's living room for the second time in a month on Friday, for the Blue and Gold Scrimmage.

"They have a lot of nice pieces, a lot," Baker said. "I liked it a lot."

The big between-the-legs throw-down dunk by Jaylen Brown was particularly thrilling for Baker, but he was paying close attention to the play of senior point guard Tyrone Wallace.

"I feel like they do pretty much everything that I like to do," Baker said. "I really like to facilitate -- that's my favorite -- but I'm a really good shooter, as well, and I'm a good playmaker, so I just really like the way they play."

Watching Wallace, Baker could easily see himself in that position.

"I saw the way he played on Friday, and i really liked it," he said. "He's a really good player. We're the same type of player -- not really fast -- and I play pretty smooth.

"I shoot a little bit better than he does, though," he laughed.

The biggest thing that Baker noticed was that Wallace -- who shot just over 60% from the free throw line last season -- sunk 8-of-8 from the charity stripe on Friday.

"What I like about Cal is that it looks like their players improve every year," Baker said. "That's really good."

The crowd of between 1,500 and 2,000 fans provided an exciting atmosphere for Baker.

"I love the atmosphere," Baker said. "It's really good. I really liked it."

It was the moments away from the crowd, though, that really tickled him, particularly spending time in the newly-renovated locker room with the current players. While he didn't know any of the current players before his weekend in Berkeley, having only seen Ivan Rabb and Brown from afar, he got to know them very well over his two days in the Bay.

Baker stayed with his cousin in Oakland on Friday night, before returning to Berkeley for the Cal-USC football game and a night out with the players.

"After the game, we all went back to the locker room and stayed and lounged for a little bit," Baker said. "We talked and stuff like that, and then we went out to eat. We just had a good time and hung out.

"They have four really nice HDTVs, and two XBOX Ones and two PlayStation 4s, just a really nice lounge area. It was really nice in there."

Getting to see the money put into the locker room, as well as the entire facility, showed Baker how serious the program was at becoming one of the top programs in the nation.

"I really liked it, and they're really serious," Baker said. "There aren't many teams in the West that are like that."

Baker also got a chance to chat with assistant Yanni Hufnagel, and said that he really likes the entire staff.

"I talk with coach Yann the most, but I like all of the staff, as people," Baker said. "All of them, I have a good relationship with everybody on the staff, which is really good."

What sticks out about Martin's staff? Everything off the court.

"They're all great people, and they try to keep in contact with everybody," Baker said. "I like how they communicate with the players, and they're cool with everybody. I don't like coaching staffs that just keep themselves away. They're in the mix, with everybody. They just seem like a really good family."

Having seen Cal up-close twice recently, Baker said it's "definitely" safe to say that the Bears will be in the mix for him when he decides, which will be after his junior season, "maybe," but he's not completely sure on the timeline.

"Whenever it feels right," he said. Baker has not yet set up any official visits, but he's visited USC, and will visit San Diego State "pretty soon," he said.

As much money as Cal has put into Haas Pavilion, Baker also stated his admiration for the Trojans' Galen Center.

"Great atmosphere, too," he said of the arena.

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