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Former Cat, Jemarl Baker, to visit Arizona


When the season ended and players began to make their announcements declaring for the draft or returning for another season, one decision came as a bit of a surprise.

It is no secret that Jemarl Baker, a California native, was a question mark for most of his Kentucky career. When he played, he gave a three-point jolt that John Calipari has had with only a few players during his time in Lexington.

Baker’s transfer, at the time, did hurt Kentucky’s expected roster for the following season. He was expected to be a scoring threat off the bench for next year’s team, but after Johnny Juzang committed on Friday, that void has been filled.

Multiple sources have now reported this afternoon the former Cat is currently on a visit to Arizona.

During his time at Kentucky, he only made 20 shots from the field in 28 games played. While he isn’t at the Jarred Vanderbilt level of “what could have been,” fans still do have a right to wonder what kind of impact Baker would have had over the next few seasons.

Arizona would not be a surprising choice. Most predicted that Baker would transfer somewhere closer to his California home, but would the Wildcats of the PAC12 be the best choice? Obviously, one can’t fault a kid for choosing a school that he feels is best, but there is not a program with a darker FBI cloud over it right now than Arizona.

Overall, you have to wish the Baker the best of luck. While his time in Lexington was short lived, he will always have a positive memory when I think back on his career.

Article written by Sam Gormley

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4 responses to “Former Cat, Jemarl Baker, to visit Arizona”

  1. sincitycat

    Best of luck to Jemarl but he might want to look somewhere other than Arizona as they should be in deep stuff with the NCAA.

    1. UKCatAttack

      My thoughts exactly. Why would you even consider a program that’s about to have the death penalty thrown at them?

  2. binarysolo

    While this isn’t exactly like Hoak’s transfer to Ohio State — as UK is a better program than AZ — I don’t see how he’ll get the kind of minutes he was looking for at UK even under Sean Miller. They bring in stacked recruiting classes, their alleged $hady recruiting rumor$ a$ide, and they’ll recuit over him this year and next.

    There are plenty of other PAC-12 schools he can be considering if he’s looking for that combination of close to home and playing time.

  3. Smyrna_Cat

    “he gave a three-point jolt that John Calipari has had with only a few players” … in theory, yes, but his shooting percentage wasn’t that good and he didn’t make many shots. I liked Baker, but any impact would be this next season, not the last one.