Class of 2016 three-star power forward Robert Baker, out of the Walker School in Marietta, Georgia, near Atlanta, has committed to Harvard University. Evan Daniels of Scout.com reported Baker’s decision.
A 6-foot-9, 195 pounder who is currently seen as a versatile stretch four, Baker picked Harvard over offers from Georgia, Princeton, Florida and Penn. Speaking to Daniels, he explained just why he chose the Crimson.
“As a family we just thought they had everything I needed,” Baker told Scout. “They have the full package really. The academics are there. The basketball has been there the past five years, winning the Ivy league and being in the tournament the past four.“They’ve had success with great guys and are getting more great guys coming in my class,” he added. “It’s really exciting.”
“Coach [Tommy] Amaker, he reminds me a lot of my high school coach, but a little older,” Baker said. “He’s a lot like my high school coach. I had a real comfort level with him and the vision with the program and myself.”
Baker now has to go through Harvard’s admissions process, not to mention his senior year of high school, but the fact that he also received offers from two other Ivy League schools suggests that he shouldn’t hit any bumps in the road or meet any obstacles that could affect his enrollment. Moreover, he is now primed to join a Harvard squad that has become something of a dark horse under Tommy Amaker.
Amaker has gone 161-78 (78-34 Ivy) in eight seasons with the Crimson and has led the team to five consecutive Ivy League regular season championships and three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. Even better is that in two of the last three tourneys, the Crimson have gone on to the Round of 32, having knocked off No. 3 New Mexico as a No. 14 seed in 2013 and No. 5 Cincinnati as a No. 12 seed the year after. In 2015, making the big dance as a No. 13, Harvard just barely lost to No. 4 North Carolina.
Simply put, Baker is about to join a team that has proven it can play with the big boys, with a potentially deep tournament run slowly knocking on the door.
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