NEW BRITAIN - After a CCSU menâ€™s basketball season that was dominated by youth, one of the Blue Devilsâ€™ young guns was acknowledged as one of the best freshman in the Northeast Conference.
Myles Baker was named to the NECâ€™s All-Rookie Team on Tuesday afternoon, joining Michael Green III and Benson Lin of Bryant, Rob Higgins of Saint Francis Brooklyn and Devon Dunn of Fairleigh Dickinson. Baker was a constant spark off the bench for the Blue Devils, especially down the stretch of the season as he grew more accustomed to Division I competition.
Baker averaged 8.6 points per game through 27 games (he started one game this season), but turned it on over his last four games, starting in a win over Bryant when he poured in a career-high 24 points while shooting 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. Three nights later, he helped CCSU to its first winning streak of the season by scoring 10 points in a thrilling 76-75 win over Fairleigh Dickinson, and dropped 12 points in his next game against Merrimack.
Baker was one of the Blue Devilsâ€™ most efficient 3-point shooters as well, logging a 3-point percentage of 33.6. His 78.0 free throw percentage was good for second on the team and the most among freshmen.
Baker represents a CCSU group that had 10 first-year players on the roster, and was one of 14 schools in the nation with seven or more freshmen. The Blue Devils were the sixth-youngest team in the country in terms of Division-I experience. Bakerâ€™s evolution throughout the season helped CCSU pick up two wins in its final five games, equaling the amount the Blue Devils won through their first 22 contests.