CCSU men's basketball's Baker named to NEC All-Rookie Team

Published on Tuesday, 3 March 2020 15:32
Written by RYAN CHICHESTER

@ryanchichester1

NEW BRITAIN - After a CCSU men’s basketball season that was dominated by youth, one of the Blue Devils’ young guns was acknowledged as one of the best freshman in the Northeast Conference.

Myles Baker was named to the NEC’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 Devils’ 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. Baker’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.



Posted in The Bristol Press, CCSU on Tuesday, 3 March 2020 15:32. Updated: Tuesday, 3 March 2020 15:34.