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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Spotlights Jemarl Baker’s Game

Jemarl Baker spent an entire season with the Kentucky basketball team, but he remains a mystery.

Sidelined for the season following knee surgery, we don’t know much about Baker.  We know he was once committed to Cal.  We learned that he woke up at 4:00 a.m. to work out before high school classes started.  We know he’s a great shooter.  That’s about it.

In this morning’s interview with KSR, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander peeled back the curtain on Baker’s game and shared more about the California kid.

We’ve heard he’s an excellent shooter.  Shai says he’s, “Better than you hear.  You guys will see next year. He’s a really special shooter, but he’s an even better person off the court and that’s why I think he’ll be great.”

Gilgeous-Alexander added, “He’s a really good kid…He’s really responsible.  He’s really got a good head on his shoulders.”

Shai took his compliments one step further.  When poised with a fun hypothetical, SGA was asked which Wildcat would be the best President of the United State; Baker was the answer.  To add to Baker’s shooting acumen, SGA believes Jemarl is the team’s best HORSE player.

Aside from a game of HORSE with Rex Chapman, we still have not seen Baker on the court, but after this morning’s interview, you can’t help but get excited about Baker’s potential in 2019.

Hear all 45 minutes of SGA’s KSR interview in the last segment of hour one and the first half hour of hour two.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

2 responses to “Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Spotlights Jemarl Baker’s Game”


    It’s really good to hear this…anything, really… about Jemarl. It’s really a shame that he’s been pretty much ignored by the media since he’s been at UK, just because he wasn’t playing. Aside from random shots of him sitting on the bench during some games, you’d never even know he was on the team this year. Hopefully the staff and players have done enough to make him feel “at home”, so to speak, and integral to the team. We’ll certainly need his scoring ability next season, even if it may take him until Jan. or so to shake off the rust.

    1. catdaddyd

      What do you mean it’s a shame the media has pretty much ignored him. They should he hasn’t played a minute. What would have liked them to report?