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Will Baker, 5-star basketball recruit from Westlake, talks about Texas at Final Four

Posted April 4th, 2018


Last weekend in San Antonio, Will Baker got to show even more people what those who follow basketball in Central Texas already know.

The Westlake junior is really good at basketball.

Baker, a 6-foot-10 big man, represented USA Basketball at the NCAA Next Generation event, which included a chance to play on the Alamodome floor while it was dolled up for the Final Four. Afterward, he spoke with national recruiting writer Adam Zagoria for a FloHoops article that provided a little insight into Baker’s recruitment.


Baker listed Texas among seven programs that are “recruiting me the hardest” along withย Texas A&M, UCLA, North Carolina, Kansas, Stanford, and Baylor.

Here’s what he said about the Longhorns:

“Mo Bamba came out of their program and Jarrett Allen. I got to talk to coach (Shaka) Smart a little bit a while back and we talked a little bit about Jarrett Allen and what his goals were coming into college and what he wanted to accomplish after, whether he wanted to go tot he draft after one year. And Coach Smart told me that he just wanted to improve as much as possible and have the best freshman year at Texas and we talked about that. And just how if the opportunity to go into the draft would be possible then I would take it but just to focus and stay in the moment and just work every day and focus on the closer things and not the long goals because if you achieve the shorter, more achievable in-the-moment things then you’ll definitely get there.”

While it might seem location is the only advantage Texas holds over some of the other blue-blood programs tracking Baker, the Austin native could continue a trend few other programs have. Jarrett Allen and Mohamed Bamba are carving a path from the 40 Acres to the first round of the NBA Draft, and Baker is taking notice.

He also had nice things to say about the other programs recruiting him, which you can read at the link above.

And mark your calendar to check out Baker next season for Westlake. Whether he ends up at Texas or somewhere else, he’s already representing Austin at a high level.

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