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Jemarl Baker Sr. praises his son’s versatility

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.

Article written by TJ Walker

8 Comments for Jemarl Baker Sr. praises his son’s versatility



  1. Robkycats54
    9:21 pm July 3, 2018 Permalink

    I believe he starts this season at Sg, he is that good alot of devin booker in his game trust me he will be the X factor

    https://youtu.be/IJglS7vUN6w he may not have the most hype but he can ball just watch the video



    • Alex90
      10:38 pm July 3, 2018 Permalink

      I refuse to watch your video



    • bigbluebanana
      10:56 pm July 3, 2018 Permalink

      Risky click of the day



    • Tom Bombadil
      9:30 am July 4, 2018 Permalink

      You two knuckleheads are goofballs. The video is of Baker and King Rex playing horse. You are two scaredycats..lol



    • bigbluebanana
      11:24 am July 4, 2018 Permalink

      I clicked it before I said anything, was replying to Alex90



  2. Kat4Life
    11:13 pm July 3, 2018 Permalink

    From all accounts the young man is a player……one that has not factored into my playing time calculus, but probably should. He may have 15+ min game talent. High quality problem to have. If all of these guys demand minutes with their play, Cal will have no choice but to essentially platoon.



  3. (Aixelsyd)0505
    1:37 am July 4, 2018 Permalink

    DLamb jr this guy!



  4. Luether
    9:40 pm July 4, 2018 Permalink

    Hope Cal gives him a fair chance for PT…