Jemarl Baker Jr.
- position Guard
- height 6-4
- Weight 192
- class Redshirt Freshman
- Hometown Menifee, Calif.
- High school Eleanor Roosevelt
Redshirt freshman: Appeared in 28 games in his first season on the court with 64 points, 15 rebounds, 12 assists and 13 3-pointers … Known for his shot-making prowess, earned his way on to the court because of his ability to defend … Played his best basketball late in the season … Had three straight games with career-high scoring performances from March 21 to March 29 … Scored eight key points in the win over Wofford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, including three crucial free throws and a 3-pointer to halt Wofford’s momentum … Recorded seven points in a career-high 24 minutes in the opening NCAA Tournament game vs. Abilene Christian … Scored six points with a 3-pointer in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinal win over Alabama … Played 12 minutes in the home win over Auburn … Four straight games with double-figure minutes from Jan. 29 to Feb. 9 … Scored five points and grabbed a career-high three board vs. South Carolina … Tied his career high at the time with six points on two made 3-pointers at Vanderbilt … Made two 3-pointers for six points in 13 minutes at Georgia … Dished out a career-best three assists to go along with four points in the victory over Texas A&M … Saw 15 minutes in an upset win of No. 9 North Carolina, contributing a rebound, an assist and a blocked shot … Scored six points late in the Utah game by making his first two career field-goal attempts, both 3-pointers … Made his college debut vs. Seton Hall after missing more than a season following knee surgery.
Bahamas: Did not participate in any of the four games and was listed as day-to-day with knee soreness.
Freshman: Dean’s List fall 2017 … SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll member … Redshirted in 2017-18 after undergoing knee surgery in October … Started working out in January and is expected to be 100 percent for summer workouts.
Tabbed as one of the premier shooters in the country whose range extends well beyond the college 3-point arc … A consensus four-star prospect ranked among the top 100 … ESPN ranked him as the 66th overall player and the 16th-best shooting guard in the class … Scout had him rated as the No. 80 overall player, while Rivals ranked him No. 82 and 247Sports tabbed him as the 91st overall player … Averaged 17.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game as a senior … Led Roosevelt to its first-ever state title … He hit 94 total 3-pointers during his senior campaign and shot 44 percent from long range as a junior, leading the Under Armour circuit in 3-pointers last summer … A First Team HSGameTime All-Area selection, Baker led his team to a program-record 23 wins and a share of the Big VIII League title as a junior … A 2016 Fab 48 MVP selection … An honor-roll student.
Born June 12 in Los Angeles … Major is undeclared/exploratory studies in agriculture … His parents are Portia and Jemarl Baker Sr. … His father played basketball at Cal State Northridge and his sister Anyia played basketball at Grand Canyon University … His dad is the person he points to who has influenced him the most … Winning the state championship as a senior is his most memorable basketball moment … Not reaching his full potential is his greatest fear … Chose Kentucky over Marquette, Arizona and Oregon.