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Tuesday / April 24.
  • 2019 forward Will Baker has big-time home visits coming

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Will Baker, the 6-foot-11, 240-pound five-star big man from Austin (TX) Westlake, has several big-time home visits coming up in the next few days.

    Baker will host Texas, Texas A&M, North Carolina and UCLA.

    Baker recently told FloHoops.com that seven schools were recruiting him the hardest — Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, North Carolina, Kansas, Stanford and Baylor — and broke down the four visiting him:

    North Carolina: “[Roy Williams and the staff] came down to watch me work out and they just let me know again that they really like me and they think I’m going to be a fit if I come there.”

    Texas: “Mo Bamba came out of their program and Jarrett Allen. I got to talk to coach [Shaka] Smart a little bit a while back and we talked a little bit about Jarrett Allen and what his goals were coming into college and what he wanted to accomplish after, whether he wanted to go tot he draft after one year. And Coach Smart told me that he just wanted to improve as much as possible and have the best freshman year at Texas and we talked about that. And just how if the opportunity to go into the draft would be possible then I would take it but just to focus and stay in the moment and just work every day and focus on the closer things and not the long goals because if you achieve the shorter, more achievable in-the-moment things then you’ll definitely get there.”

    Texas A&M: “I talk to coach [Billy] Kennedy a lot. I really like him a lot. Coach Amir [Abdur-Rahim] and coach Darby [Rich], they’re really great men so I like them a lot, too.”

    UCLA: “They have a really good film program. I like coach [Steve] Alford and coach [Duane] Broussard. I have a good relationship with them and they text me every week so that’s good.”

    Baker has no plans to cut his list at the moment.

    “Honestly, not right now,” he told FloHoops.com. “I don’t have any plans right now but we’ll just see how it plays out and I’ll make my decisions as needed.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.