Posted On: 09/4/18 5:00 AM
Callum Baker, a class of 2019 guard who stood out on the UA Association with Canada Elite this summer, has joined Coach Dan Prete at Bishop Walsh, where he will finish out his high school career. During a recent interview, Baker discussed his experiences this past summer, his current recruitment, goals, and more.
PH: How would you rate your performances this summer on a scale of 1-10 (10 being best) and why?
CB: “This past summer, I would rate my performances a 7. I give my performances a 7 because individually I played really well, but being the captain of the team and the only returning player with the U17 Canada Elite team, I wasn’t able to do a good enough job of leading my team to a winning record or qualify for the finals in Vegas.”
PH: What’s the most improved part of your overall game over the last 4-6 months?
CB: “The most improved part of my game over the past 4-6 months is my ability to get into the lane to create for myself and my teammates. I’ve been working a lot on my body which has helped me through understanding my strength and athleticism. Also, I’ve worked a lot on my ability to break defenders down to get into the lane.”
PH: How are your grades right now?
CB: “I finished grade 11 with a 3.3 GPA at Saint James. Heading into my senior year at Bishop Walsh I would like to get my GPA up to a 3.8.”
PH: Who’s been recruiting you hardest?
CB: “I’ve been recruited the hardest by Bowling Green State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Boston University.”
PH: You recently visited Binghamton and Fairleigh Dickinson. What other schools are trying to get you on campus?
CB: “My visits to Binghamton and FDU went really well, both schools have a very nice campus. Bowling Green State University and Boston University have been trying to get me out to visit campus. I haven’t planned any official visits yet.”
PH: What are your short and long term goals?
CB: “My short term goals are to finish the year with a 3.8 GPA and go undefeated this season. My long term goals are to graduate college with my degree. I want to try and go pro either NBA or Overseas. After the ball stops bouncing, I would like to pursue a career in sports agency.”
PH: What can we expect from the team at Bishop Walsh in it’s first year under Coach Prete?
CB: “This year will be a very big year at Bishop Walsh. Coach Prete and Coach Evan have done a great job in recruiting for this year. I feel like we have the pieces this year to turn a lot of heads. We will definitely compete with the top teams in the nation and we have a great chance at beating some of them. I really believe that this team has a good shot at finishing the season top 25 in then nation.”
PH: What factors are important to your college decision?
CB: “When making my college decision the academics play a big part in where i will go. I would love to go to a school with a good business or law program. I want to go to a school where i have a good relationship with the coaching staff and the players. Also, I want to go to a good situation where I can make an impact in a system I fit into.”
PH: What do you think you can bring to a college program?
CB: “I really think I can be a great leader for any school I’m at. I feel that I can be the coach on the floor and run the team. Also, I think I can be a good playmaker; either creating for myself or my teammates.”
Callum Baker is currently ranked by Prep Hoops as a top-35 prospect in his class. To view the full ranking of Maryland and DC’s 2019 class, click here.