Jemarl Baker’s dad, Jemarl Baker Sr., spoke with LEX 18’s Larry Vaught about his son’s upcoming season and rehab from last years season ending injury.
Knee surgery kept him sidelined in 2017-2018, but Vaught’s interview showcases that Baker was raised to be more than just a shooting guard.
“I raised him to be a point guard that could shoot like a 2 (guard),” Baker Sr. said. “Everyone loved his shot so much that he still ended up playing the 2 the majority of the time.
“… I really groomed him to be a point guard, but I also taught him that you can’t get on the court if you don’t play defense. If you can’t defend, you can’t get in the game. He knows you have to defend before you can shoot, pass or do anything.”
All the scuttlebutt around the team would seem to indicate that Baker is UK’s best outside shooter. Kentucky has an abundance of ball-handlers so despite Baker having the skills to handle the ball, UK will most likely just ask him to sit on the perimeter and make teams pay for loading the paint.
Baker shot 44 percent during his senior season and if he could match that number in 2018-2019 the Cats would have a great chance to win No. 9.
In my opinion Kentucky needs two surefire three-point shooters. Quade Green will be one and all signs point to Baker being No. 2. Tyler Herro should be good from outside, and Immanuel Quickley can hit outside shots, too.
Another big take away from Vaught’s story, which you can read HERE, is that Baker’s family won’t go to the exhibition games in the Bahamas.
Shucks. But they said they’re not missing the UK vs. Duke game in Indy. That should be a real hoot.