Trojan hoops celebrates inking Kevin Baker

TROY, Ala (troytrojans.com) – Troy men’s basketball head coach Phil Cunningham announced Wednesday the signing of junior college point guard Kevin Baker.

“We are very excited about Kevin Baker’s decision to continue his career as a student-athlete here at Troy,” Cunningham said. “Kevin comes from a terrific family, and we felt strongly about how well his combination of character and basketball ability fit with the kind of guys we want in our locker room.  It was of utmost importance for us to sign a guard who can consistently shoot the three this spring, and Kevin certainly meets that qualification.  The two years Kevin played for Coach Pete Pena at Pensacola State have totally prepared him for Sun Belt basketball as well.”

Baker (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) averaged 10.8 points and 2.6 assists en route to earning All-Panhandle Conference honors his sophomore season for the Pirates. He helped lead Pensacola State to an 18-12 record and a runner-up finish in the highly contested Panhandle Conference. He led the Pirates with 31 steals over 26 games and averaged just under two 3-pointers per game as he finished the year with 46 makes from beyond the arc. As a freshman, he averaged 9.7 points, 1.6 assists and 1.2 3-pointes over 32 games and 30 starts.

A native of St. Louis, Baker helped lead Madison Prep to a 31-2 overall record and the Missouri Class 3 state title his senior year as he averaged a team-leading 16.5 points and 5.9 assists per game. He knocked down 68 3-pointers and shot 81.3 percent from the free throw line during the Bears’ run to the state championship and a No. 1 ranking in the STLhighschoolsports.com small-school rankings. As a sophomore, he helped lead Imagine Academy on a semifinal run in the Missouri Class 4 Playoffs.

Baker is the second player signed by Troy in this signing class as he joins Carver (Ala.) High School standout Darian Adams, who inked with the Trojans during the early signing period in November. Troy returns four starters from this past year’s squad including two-time All-Sun Belt selection Wesley Person and Jordon Varnado, who had a breakout freshman season.

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