Baker Elated to be a Wolverine

The Michigan Wolverines finished up their 2006 recruiting class when they received a commitment from Fort Myers (FL) Bishop Verot point guard Reed Baker. He will added sorely needed depth to the rotation next year and can't wait to get started. After seeing his college career be put in limbo in recent months, the youngster can hardly contain the excitement he has over finding a home.

When Reed Baker got received the call informing him of his Michigan scholarship offer late Tuesday morning, he could hardly believe his ears. He had already suffered through so much disappointment, that the news seemed too god to be true. The Fort Myers (FL) Bishop Verot standout had initially signed with The Citadel in November, but the resignation of his would-be coach caused him to reconsider. After being released from his letter of intent, he cast his lot with Birmingham Southern in May. Shortly after making that decision he learned that the program would be moving down from Division I to Division III during his sophomore year. Baker once again obtained a release and was back on the market. Air Force then came knocking with a scholarship offer, but he soon learned that his peanut allergy would prevent him from being admitted into the Academy. After going through all of that, Baker can hardly shake the shock from learning that his circuitous journey is finally over.

"Oh man, it feels great," Baker exclaimed! "It still hasn't really set in yet. I'm going to play in the Big Ten. It's a great conference and I'm going to play at one of the best sports programs in the nations. Geez man, words can't describe how happy I am right now!"

"I found out 11:00 Tuesday morning," Baker continued. "I got home a 2:00 in the morning (from his visit to Michigan) and I had a good feeling about things after talking to them when I left. My dad got a call from coach Amaker, and him and coach talked for a while. I got a quick call from my father early in the morning saying, 'Reed…HOLY COW…they're going to offer you…they're going to offer you!' I was just like, 'WOW!' As soon I hear that, I'm committed. Coach Amaker called a little later and made things official."

Baker reportedly received an endorsement from the Michigan players with whom he played during an open gym on his visit. During those informal scrimmages the youngster believes he displayed the skills that will make him valuable to the Wolverines.

"They're bringing me up because I have good ball-handling skills," Baker explained. "Coach Amaker really likes my court savvy. I've got a good basketball IQ. I come from a really good high school program with a good coach so, I know how to play basketball. I just have a good knowledge of the game. I can knock down open shots. I scored a lot in high school. That won't be my role in college, but I can knock down open shots when they're there."

"They told me that they're short on point guards," continued Baker. "I know they've got some really good guards there already, but they needed another guy that could really be a good ball handler, a good distributor, have a really good knowledge for the game, and have a good court sense. They saw that in me. They saw the way I moved in my high school offense and the way I scored through that. It's really similar to the way they run their offense and their secondary breaks and stuff. I already have a feel for how they do things."

Baker indicated he will likely make his way to campus sometime within the next week.

During his final prep campaign Baker reports he had averages of 23 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game.


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