Verbal Commit: Myles Baker
Another day, another commitment for the Central Connecticut State staff.
On Monday evening, 6'2" wing Myles Baker announced via Twitter that he had committed to CCSU, becoming the second Chicago product to announce his plans to come play in New Britain next season (the other being Greg Outlaw).
Baker is now the 6th member of the 2019 recruiting class, though he's likely the most high-profile of all of them. A scoring wing, Baker brings a quick, sweet shooting stroke to the table, as well as an ability to score off the dribble. Baker's ability had a variety of more big-name programs vying for his services, and as of two weeks ago his final four were CCSU, UAB, UNLV, and DePaul.
Playing at famed Whitney Young High School, Baker helped lead the Dolphins to the Class 4A title game, which they lost to Curie. He averaged 16 points per game in his senior season, and was named All-State Honorable Mention.
Donyell Marshall and his staff had been on Baker for awhile, offering him in July of 2018 after watching him play for Team Rose in the Gauntlet Series, during which time Kent St. and Drexel also came calling. About a year ago at this time, a number of A-10 schools were heavy on him, including Saint Louis (which offered in February 2018), Xavier and Dayton. Other schools recruiting him included Colorado St., Tulsa, Milwaukee, and Cleveland St.
With Baker in the fold, Donyell Marshall is adding perhaps two of the best freshman wings in the NEC in Baker and Trey Tennyson, to go along with 2018 all-NEC Rookie player Ian Krishnan. A strong nucleus of scorers to build around, it seems.
An attempt at an updated depth chart:
PG: Newkirk (Soph.), Segwai (Soph.)
Wing: Krishnan (Soph.), Tennyson (Fr.), Baker (Fr.), Outlaw (Fr.), Chris Williams (Sr.)
Big: Coleman (Sr.), Ayangma (Jr.), Wallace (Soph.), Wilson (Fr.), Kay (Sr.)
With up to two open scholarships remaining (Chris Williams' status is "transferred" according to Verbal Commits, though I have yet to see confirmation of that), I still expect Marshall to bring in one more point guard, and perhaps another big.
With four freshmen already set for next year's roster, I wouldn't be surprised to see another junior college player, or perhaps a grad transfer.