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#31 Ron Baker
Position: G
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 220
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Scott City, Kan.
High School: Scott City HS
Experience: High School
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2014-15 (Junior): An unheralded recruit who has blossomed into one of the nation’s premier players and will look to build on an impressive sophomore season… Selected as a Preseason Third Team All-American by both Blue Ribbon and CBSSports.com… Team is 49-3 with him in the starting lineup over the past two years… Named one of the top 20 guards in college basketball by Sports Illustrated prior to the season… Spent the summer attending elite camps: Joined teammate Fred VanVleet at Chris Paul’s CP3 Skills Academy in August… In June, briefly guarded LeBron James while attending the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Washington D.C… Also in June, appeared with teammates VanVleet and Tekele Cotton in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Kansas City Royals baseball game…

2013-14 (Sophomore): One of three Shockers to earn First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors… Voted First Team All-Division 16 by the National Associated of Basketball Coaches… Winner of WSU basketball’s “Shafer Dart Most Inspirational Player Award”… Two-time MVC Player of the Week… Started all 36 games despite an ankle injury that hampered him throughout the year… Averaged 13.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists… Scoring average ranked 13th in the conference… Hit a team-high 68 threes on 179 attempts (.380). Those 68 treys rank fourth on WSU's all-time single-season list… Led the team in scoring 10 times, including a career-high 26 points in a Feb. 16 win at Evansville that helped earn him MVC Player of the Week honors for the week of Feb. 10-16… Shared the team lead in rebounding (7.0) and was WSU’s second-leading scorer (13.5) during two NCAA Tournament games, hitting 9-of-15 from the field (.600) and 5-of-8 from deep (.625)… Appeared with teammates VanVleet, Cotton, Lufile and Early on the cover of the Feb. 24 edition of Sports Illustrated as talk of WSU’s unbeaten status gained increasing national attention… Hit 22-consecutive free throws and 33-of-36 over an eight-game run from Dec. 29 to Jan. 22…Went the entire season without missing more than two free throws in a game, knocking down 112-of-133 (.842) for the season, a percentage that ranked him third overall in the MVC… Quietly piled up 112 assists while serving as backup point guard for VanVleet, ranking fourth in the Valley in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8)… Connected on at least one three-pointer in 34 of the 36 contests… Scored 20+ points in four straight games, beginning with a 21-point effort on Nov. 20 at Tulsa, followed by 21 vs. DePaul and 23 vs. BYU at the CBE Classic in Kansas City, and 22 at Saint Louis… Was 26-of-45 from the field (.578), 10-of-23 from deep (.435) and 25-of-28 at the line (.893) during that four-game stretch and earned MVC Player of the Week status (Nov. 25-Dec. 1)… Selected Preseason All-MVC selection by the league’s coaches, SIDs and media…

2012-13 (Redshirt Freshman): For the season, averaged 8.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 18 games… Injured his foot 10 games into the year but returned in early March to help lead WSU on its run to the Final Four… Came off the bench for three games to get acclimated during the Valley Tournament before starting the final five NCAA Tournament games of the season … Averaged 11.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in NCAA play, shooting 40 percent (12-30) from the field, 42.9 percent (9-21) from beyond the arc, and 88 percent (22-25) from the foul line… Went a perfect 9 for 9 at the free throw line in the regional championship victory over Ohio State… Shared the team lead with 16 points in a tournament with over No. 1 Gonzaga… Got his first start since returning from injury against Pitt in the first round of the NCAA Tournament... Returned to practice the week of the Valley Tournament and averaged 19 minutes per game off the bench… Chipped in 9.7 points over the three games while shooting 50 percent from the field (10-20)… Notched his second double-figure game of the season in his first return game with 15 points against Missouri State ... Averaged 7.3 points and 2.6 rebounds while starting the first 10 games of the year… A stress fracture in his left foot sidelined him from game action from Dec. 18 to March 8 (21 games)… Team was 14-2 overall in 2012-13 with him in the starting lineup… Doing a little of everything, had nine points and two boards at VCU; eight points, five assists, and four steals against Tulsa; eight points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals against Northern Colorado; and six points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal at Tennessee… In the first game of his Shocker career, against North Carolina Central, scored a season-high 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting, which included a 4-of-7 effort from the arc... Led team in scoring two times, the 18 in the season-opener and the 16 against Gonzaga.

2011-12 (Freshman): Added 12 pounds while working with the WSU strength and conditioning staff to go from 197 to 209… Requested a redshirt in order to get himself acclimated to college basketball… Appeared in one exhibition game against Emporia State, scoring six points in 16 minutes of action…

High School: Named 3A first-team all-State after leading his team to a 25-1 record and a state title... Helped the Beavers to a 58-11 three-year record while scoring 1,103 points... Averaged 20.4 points a game as a senior, 19.6 ppg as a junior and 9.5 ppg as a sophomore... Also averaged 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 4.6 steals his final season... Scored the winning basket in the 3A title game with a put-back at the buzzer against Minneapolis High when he scored 26 points, had nine boards, and made 8-of-9 free throws... Also quarterbacked the football team and played baseball.

Personal: Son of Neil and Ranae Baker...Has one brother, Sloan, and one sister, Audrey...Born March 30, 1993 in Hays, Kan....Also had offers from South Dakota State and Arkansas-Little Rock... Majoring in Business Finance.