By Jeff Ermann
Special to The Baltimore Sun
9:39 AM EDT, March 14, 2012
A native of Washington, D.C., who attended High Point High – just a few miles from College Park – as a freshman, Arlington Country Day (Fla.) senior Ian Baker openly admits he’d love to come home for college.
“It definitely is [attractive]. I would always want to be at home, to be close to family and friends. So that’s definitely an attractive thing about Maryland,” said Baker, a 6-foot-1 point guard previously committed to South Carolina. “I first heard from Maryland probably a month or two ago. [Terps assistant] coach Dalonte [Hill] just let me know it’s close to home and if I were to come, I’d definitely have the opportunity to play right away.”
Baker, who averaged 14 points and six assists this season, de-committed from USC over concerns about the job security of coach Darrin Horn. He said Maryland and Memphis have been showing the most interest recently, while UMass and Central Florida are involved as well. But he’s also still working to become qualified academically and will take the ACT on April 14, he said.
“I probably will [begin to take visits] right after that,” Baker said. “I’ll definitely be [academically] ready. I’m not going to have any problem with” qualifying.
Baker said he’s always watched the Terps and attended Maryland’s game against Radford in December.
“I don’t know the players but I’m definitely familiar with the program. I went to a game and I’ve watched them play on TV, so I’m definitely familiar with their style of play and all of that other stuff,” he said.
What’s he seeking in a college program?“I’m just looking for a college where I’ll be comfortable and have an opportunity to play,” he said. “I’m kind of a do-it-all type. Most of the schools recruiting me, they’re looking for a guard that can come in and run the show.”
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