The Texas Longhorns have lost the services of former five-star recruit Will Baker. The center announced that he would be transferring away from the Longhorn program after a rocky freshman year. He did not play in the Longhorn’s season opener and will have three years of eligibility left when he picks his new school. He should be able to suit up immediately next year because he did not play for Texas this year. There is likely to be a long list of suitors for the former five-star recruit.
Baker’s decision to transfer was announced by the family’s personal PR rep. “My decision to transfer has been one of the most difficult and has been a year in the making.”
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) November 28, 2020
Baker had more to say about his decision to leave the Longhorn’s program. “My goal has been and remains to meaningfully contribute to the success of my team, at Texas, I wasn’t maximizing my potential. I gradually came to realize that there is another place that’s a better fit, and now I am trusting God to lead me to the right program.” This does not come as a surprising move because Baker was clearly not in Head Coach Shaka Smart’s rotation.
Baker has not given any hints about where he may want to play next season at this point. His freshman season at Texas was somewhat weird considering his former five-star status. He only played 8.4 minutes per game last year. Those minutes were not as productive as he would have liked averaging 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. He also only shot 27.5 percent from the field. His ranking alone should get him several offers from solid teams in the NCAA. He has almost a complete year to decide what school he should head to next.