Angel Baker | Photo by Joseph Craven
Angel Baker is going into her junior season on the Wright State University (WSU) women’s basketball team. She is ecstatic about the start of college basketball and more focused than ever on having a huge season.
“I was very excited; I was more than ready to get started,” said Baker.
As a Freshman she was named to the Horizon League’s All-Freshman Team after averaging 9.2 points per game, 2.6 assists per game and 2.4 rebounds per game.
She made a massive jump her sophomore season after becoming the starting point guard and averaged 16.5 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game and 3.8 assists per game. She was named to the Horizon League All-First Team after her outstanding season.
Baker was a First-Team Associated Press All-State member as a high school senior in Indiana, won Conference Player of the Year and was an Indiana All-Star while attending Pike High School.
“The recruiting process had its ups and downs. I went through some tough situations in high school, some schools gave up on me. The ones who didn’t let those situations define me stuck with me,” said Baker.
Baker decided to leave her home in Indianapolis and commit to WSU, after feeling she had a connection with the people there.
“The people here are genuine, they didn’t sell me a dream and I thought I could be good in this conference,” said Baker.
Head Coach of the women’s basketball team Katrina Merriweather built a great relationship with Baker, and it was not just about basketball with them.
“We have a great relationship on and off the court. It’s bigger than basketball with her, so I appreciate that,” said Baker.
After making a huge leap from her first to second year at WSU, she is looking to do the same in her third year in the Horizon League.
Baker believes that this team has a chance to do something special and she expects to have a big season individually.
“As a team I believe our main goal is to win a ring. Individually I would like to be in the Player of the Year conversation,” said Baker.
Now that Baker is an upperclassman, she has honed in on becoming a great leader for this team during the offseason.
“I focused on becoming a better leader, taking care of the ball and just trying to grow as an overall player,” said Baker.
Baker wants to be in the conversation for Horizon League Player of the Year when it is all said and done, while the team looks to bounce back from last season.