Published June 26, 2016
NEW YORK — Ron Baker, 23, a tribal citizen of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, was signed by the New York Knicks for a one-year, partially guaranteed, contract on late Thursday night.
Baker-6’4″-gained national attention while at Wichita State where he was a shooting guard. During his time at Wichita State, over half of Baker’s attempts were from three-point range. He made 36.9 percent from “downtown” and attracted the attention of New York Knicks.
His three-point scoring would fit into Knick’s coach Jeff Hornacek system that relies on his perimeter players’ ability to knock down the 3-ball and attack closeouts, and Baker excels in both regards, according to “Fansided” in its “Daily Knicks” section on Friday.
“In addition to being a consistently productive shooter, Baker has a rare combination of poise and tenacity. He’s a competitive defensive player who’s willing to take a bump for his team, and is a quality ball-handler and facilitator who takes care of the ball,” reports Fansided.
During his four-year career as a Wichita State Shocker, Baker averaged 13.2 points per game. Baker was a walk on to the Wichita State team, who blossomed into one of the nation’s college basketball guards. During his tenure at Wichita State, the team won three conference titles and accumalted nine NCAA men’s basketball tournament wins in four trips, including a 2013 Final Four appearance.
Baker grew up on Scott City, Kansas, where he shot the winning points in the 2011 high school state championship at the buzzer for Scott City High School.
He graduated from Wichita State with a B.A. in Business Finance.