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.
Arizona is hosting Kentucky transfer Jemarl Baker Jr. for an official visit this weekend, a source told @Stockrisers.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) May 12, 2019
Arizona has Kentucky shooting guard transfer Jemarl Baker Jr. on campus this weekend for a visit as Sean Miller continues to look at options to upgrade UA’s outside shooting. Baker is also known for his defense as well. https://t.co/EOnadIMmj4
— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) May 12, 2019
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.