Michigan basketball lands graduate switch Joey Baker from Duke

When small ahead Caleb Houstan determined to stay within the NBA draft earlier this month, Michigan basketball discovered itself in want of a fringe shooter with guards Eli Brooks and DeVante ‘Jones already departed.

Two and a half weeks later, coach Juwan Howard landed his new 3-point menace.

The Wolverines scored a verbal dedication from former Duke wing Joey Baker on Friday, a supply confirmed to the Free Press, as Howard and his employees made their first addition since Houstan and fellow freshman Moussa Diabate opted to remain within the NBA draft and left this system with three open scholarships. The 6-foot-6, 206-pound Baker, who averaged 4.5 factors per sport and shot 40.5% from 3-point vary final season, will be part of UM as a graduate switch after 4 years with the Blue Devils.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – APRIL 01: Joey Baker # 13 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots the ball throughout apply earlier than the 2022 Males’s Basketball Event Remaining 4 at Caesars Superdome on April 01, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Picture by Jamie Squire / Getty Pictures)

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A local of Fayetteville, North Carolina – roughly 90 miles from Duke’s campus – Baker had his alternative of elite packages after a standout profession at Trinity Christian College. He was rated the No. 33 total prospect in 247 Sportss composite rankings and held scholarship gives from Kansas, UCLA, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Florida, amongst others, along with his provide from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. He dedicated to the Blue Devils as a part of the nation’s No. 1 total recruiting class alongside Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones – all of whom grew to become NBA draftees.

Baker’s time at Duke was far much less embellished than that of his classmates. He labored his approach into the again of Krzyzewski’s rotation for his closing three years after barely seeing the ground as a freshman, however nonetheless his contributions had been restricted. He averaged 5 factors in 12.1 minutes per sport as a sophomore, 2.9 factors in 11.5 minutes per sport as a junior and 4.5 factors in 11.9 minutes per sport as a senior. Of his 89 profession appearances, simply 4 had been begins.

What Baker does convey, nevertheless, is efficiency from 3-point vary. He made 75 of 198 makes an attempt (37.9%) from past the arc over his profession, with no less than three 3s in 11 video games. His 40.5% clip and 30 made 3s throughout the 2021-22 marketing campaign had been each profession highs.

Baker additionally shot 80.9% from the free-throw line on 47 makes an attempt throughout 4 seasons.

Howard and his employees might be hoping the expertise Baker flashed as a coveted recruit within the class of 2018 was obscured by Duke’s top-end recruiting moderately than an lack of ability to carry out on the Division I degree. After signing Baker, Krzyzewski’s three subsequent lessons from 2019-21 had been rated No. 3, no. 4 and No. 6 nationally.

Jan 25, 2022;  Durham, North Carolina, USA;  Duke Blue Devils forward Joey Baker (13) reacts after defeating the Clemson Tigers at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Jan 25, 2022; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils ahead Joey Baker (13) reacts after defeating the Clemson Tigers at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Baker spent his years at Duke taking part in alongside 4 eventual first-round picks (Williamson, Barrett, Reddish, Jalen Johnson) and three eventual second-round picks (Vernon Carey Jr., Jones, Cassius Stanley). 5 extra of his teammates could possibly be drafted Thursday, headlined by potential No. 1 choose Paolo Banchero. Such a ceaseless inflow of expertise made it troublesome for Baker to discover a spot on the ground.

Baker’s prospects in Ann Arbor ought to be higher, although, even amongst a populous group of wings subsequent season. Houstan and fellow small ahead Terrance Williams II had been the one wings to log vital minutes for Howard final 12 months, and Baker will arrive at Michigan having performed extra video games than anybody on the roster.

His main competitors for minutes will embody Williams and a handful of gamers with little or no collegiate expertise to their names: junior Jace Howard; redshirt freshmen Will Tschetter and Isaiah Barnes; and true freshmen Jett Howard and Gregg Glenn.

The addition of Baker, together with fellow graduate switch Jaelin Llewellyn, who dedicated to Michigan in April, leaves the Wolverines with one accessible scholarship for the 2022-23 season. It is unclear if Howard and his employees plan to make use of it or preserve it open for recruits and transfers in future lessons.

This text initially appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan basketball lands graduate switch Joey Baker from Duke

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