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San Jose State Spartans land first 2017 basketball commit, Noah Baumann

6-foot-5 combo guard Nate Baumann of Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista HS pledges to San Jose State.

It has not been long since San Jose State wrapped up its 2016 men’s basketball recruiting class, but now they have added their first to the 2017 class - Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista guard Noah Baumann.

Baumann took an unofficial visit to SJSU earlier this month, where he was offered by Head Coach Dave Wojcik.

“The coaches made me really want to commit because of how they were making me feel like it was home,” Baumann told InsideTheSpartans.com. “That’s a big thing for me, I want to go to a school where it feels like home. My parents, they are going to be worried when I go off to college, so for San Jose State to feel like home is a big thing for them as well.

“It’s a good conference. I like the competition there. For me, one of my goals is to go to the pros or as far as I can get in basketball. I feel San Jose State and the conference could definitely get me there.”

Soon after returning home he made the early commitment to the Spartans.

“I took a week and a half to come to the decision,” Baumann said. “I talked with one of my coaches and he said, ‘If it feels right for you you should accept it.’ I went over it with my family. Even though it was my first offer I felt it was the right fit.”

SJSU was the first school to offer Baumann, though he was drawing interest from several schools including Northern Arizona, Northeastern, Army and Navy. According to an article by The Arizona Republic, Baumann had not yet played varsity ball due to injury, but an AAU appearance versus Wojcik's son put him on San Jose State's radar.

“Of all the recruitment I had, San Jose was the most consistent,” Baumann said. “It felt like I was wanted and for me that was a really big deal.”

If Desert Vista High School sounds familiar, that’s because the Spartans just recently added a player from the same school. Brandon Clarke, who won the Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year award as a freshman, was teammates with Baumann before leaving for college.

“It really made me get a connection with the players almost immediately,” Baumann explained. “Everything was smooth and it was a good transition when I met them. It just felt right, it was a feeling that you know it was the right fit - that’s what it felt to me and I’m really excited about.

“I was texting him during my recruitment before I got an offer. He was excited that I was getting interest from San Jose. When I got the offer, I asked him a bunch of questions about his process with San Jose. He said he really loved it and that it was a school he would choose again. He definitely helped as well, he took me in and was supportive.”

San Jose State Assistant Coach Tyler Ojanen was his primary recruiter. In Baumann, the Spartans will be getting a combo guard who prides himself on his shooting and passing.

“I’m a combo guard. I can handle the ball, but my primary position is at shooting guard. What I do most is shoot the ball. I love to shoot. I get shots off when I want. I have a quick shot, I have a lot of range.

"In transition, I’m pretty good at making plays. One of my other assets is passing. I like passing the ball in transition. This year being a senior, I’m trying to get my leadership up and control all the underclassmen coming into varsity this year. I’m a freelance type of guard.”

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