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Posted On: 01/7/19 12:55 PM
It’s been a stellar start to the season for Martensdale-St. Mary’s 6-foot-3 forward Trey Baker.
The sophomore is leading the way for the 9-1 Blue Devils, and has been showcasing a versatile set of skills while putting up some big numbers.
“I like to shoot 3s, but I also pride myself in being able to go down inside and post-up and make moves with my back to the basket,” said Baker, who is shooting 57 percent from the floor and 47 percent from deep this season.
“I want to continue and develop my entire skill-set, but I’d say my main focus will be to improve defensively. I need to continue to work on defense and being able to slide my feet and guard all five positions.”
As a freshman, Baker took a back seat to one of Iowa’s best big-men, Brady Gavin. This season, Baker has helped fill the void left by Gavin’s graduation, and is averaging 19.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Baker says the main reason for the Blue Devils’ team success has been because of the multitude of scorers on the roster.
“This year, I’ve taken on more of a leadership role. And we always have five guys on the floor that can score, which helps a lot,” said Baker. “Right now I’m just the one getting the points, but everyone on our team can score.”
Although he’s never played grassroots ball in the past, Baker says he’s been talking with the Iowa Barnstormers, and he might play with them this spring and summer for 16U. He also plays baseball and football, which takes up a lot of time in the summer.
Basketball, though, is his passion.
“Basketball has always been my favorite sport,” said Baker. “And it’s been my dream to play college basketball one day.”