After entering the transfer portal back on April 17, former Kentucky shooting guard Jemarl Baker has announced where he will be playing college basketball moving forward.
Following his visit to Tucson, AZ this past weekend, Baker announced tonight that he would be transferring to Arizona.
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— Jemarl Baker Jr. (@jemarlbakerjr) May 15, 2019
“I want to thank the Big Blue Nation for supporting me during my two years at Kentucky,” Baker said in a press release at the time of his decision to enter the transfer portal. “You are truly the best fans in the country and I’ve enjoyed my time here wearing the Blue and White.”
Kentucky head coach John Calipari also wished Baker luck in his future endeavors.
“We haven’t had many players leave us but in all cases we stay in touch and continue to try to help,” Calipari said back on April 17. “In Jemarl’s case, his injury in his first year and even the early part of this year set him back a little bit, but I still believe he’s an impact player who can score and defend. He’s a better defender than people give him credit for, and we knew we could play him this season in any situation because we knew he was always going to defend. I appreciate everything he did for this program. Like any kid that leaves us, I’ll be watching his career from afar. We’ll always be here for him.”
Baker averaged 2.3 points in 9.1 minutes per game in 2018-19, while shooting 31.0% from outside, which ranked fifth on the team.
Best of luck out west, Jemarl.