Westlake 5-star Will Baker commits to Texas
Texas point guard Matt Coleman dished out another assist in the Longhorns' recruitment of Westlake big man Will Baker.
“Hashtag Bake Show, that was really cool, I wasn’t expecting it.” Baker said at his commitment ceremony on Thursday.
Coleman’s “We want Will” sign at last month’s Texas Tip-Off is one of many ways the program five miles from Baker’s home emerged as the choice to be his college home.
“It showed me first of all that they wanted me, they wanted me really bad so that’s important to me." Baker added. "They not only said that they really wanted me, but they showed it.”
What Texas offers outside of basketball was also crucial in Baker's recruitment. An aspiring filmmaker, the university's Radio-Television-Film program get credit for another assist.
“Also in the film program, the Dean, I met with him and he expressed how much he wanted me to be a part of the program, which was really cool.” Baker said.
“Our film teacher here (Westlake) said she’s taught for a long time and that Will has as much talent behind the camera as he does on the basketball court." Westlake head basketball coach Robert Lucero said. "Having that balance so you have something that can fill you up where you step away from the game, I think can be huge for him down the road.”
But ultimately, basketball brings Baker to Texas. A 7-footer fit for today’s modern game, the Westlake senior has the ability to dominate in the post and play on the perimeter. A skill set he hopes will shine in burnt orange.
"Coach Shaka Smart, he's committed to my success. I feel like I'd be successful there and he would really utilize my offensive abilities."
From Myles Turner to Jarrett Allen to Mo Bamba, the list of premier Texas big men is growing. This time next year though, the “Bake Show” begins.