Cal commit Jemarl Baker, Jr. shines at The Classic at Damien
On Monday night, Eleanor Roosevelt High School defeated Santa Monica High School 87-63 at The Classic at Damien led by 2017 Cal commit Jemarl Baker, Jr. and 2017 Cal State Fullerton commit Matt Mitchell. Jemarl Baker, Jr. knocked down eight 3-point shots for at total of 31 points, three rebounds, and five assists while Matt Mitchell finished with 33 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Jemarl Baker, Jr. caught up with us to talk about his performance at the event and how his senior year is going so far.
“I'm actually not sure about my whole stat line,” Baker said about his performance. “But I work on my game so much that when I step on the court for a real game I expect those performances out of myself. It might not happen every night but that's what is expected. Moving forward it isn't really much of a confidence builder for me because I expect those performances.”
While obviously pleased with how he played, Jemarl Baker, Jr. has a “business as usual” type of attitude towards how he played. He expects to play well whenever he steps on the floor and he doesn’t expect anything less than the very best from himself. In his mind, if he does the preparation, good things will happen.
Touching on his high school season as a whole, Jemarl Baker, Jr. is pleased with how it is going so far.
“We're going to be really good,” Baker says of Eleanor Roosevelt. “We started off a little slow I believe but we'll continue to get better and compete to win CIF and state.”
As long as Jemarl Baker, Jr. puts up numbers like he did on Monday, Eleanor Roosevelt will be able to hang with the top high school teams in the state. Not many high school teams have one guy, let alone two guys who can go off like that. So long as both Jemarl Baker, Jr. and Matt Mitchell are healthy, there’s no reason to not think they’ll be able to accomplish their goals.
On the Cal front, Jemarl Baker, Jr. is planning on watching the Golden Bears in action when they come to Los Angeles next week and he’s very excited for the opportunity to play in the Pac-12 next year.
“I planned on going to the Virginia game but I wasn't going to be able to make it after the Tark Classic but I hope to get to a couple,” he says. “Definitely the USC and UCLA ones though. I'm so excited [to play in the Pac-12], you wouldn't understand. I'm just working as hard as I can so when I get there I'll make a huge impact right away.”
Overall, things are going well for Jemarl Baker, Jr. He is putting up big numbers and has his team in a great position to win CIF and the state championship. If there’s anything that Cal fans should expect from Baker it’s lights out shooting and this season at Eleanor Roosevelt, he’s doing that in spades. He knows how to put the ball in the bucket and he can do it from virtually anywhere on the floor.
As Baker continues to improve his game, he continues to show why he was such a great get for Cal. He’ll provide excellent long range shooting and be a fantastic backcourt mate for Charlie Moore. Cal fans should be absolutely ecstatic to see Jemarl Baker, Jr. step on the floor next season.