Although the Wichita State Shockers will be losing star forward Cleanthony Early to graduation and the NBA Draft, they have built a program that can sustain success.
If guard Ron Baker were to declare for the draft, it would have been much more difficult to remain a power program in the 2014-15 season.
According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, Baker will be returning to school next season.
Baker was a virtual unknown coming out of the small west Kansas town of Scott City, but he has established himself as one of the nation’s top guards. He averaged 13.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists this season for a team that went through the regular season and Missouri Valley Conference tournament unbeaten, earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Shockers lost to 8-seed Kentucky 78-76 in their second game despite getting 20 points from Baker.
According to multiple NBA executives, Baker was projected as a second-round pick if he elected to leave this season.
Baker averaged 13.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game last season.
Baker’s decision comes as no surprise as he is a projected second round pick.