Vin Baker Jr., son of the 13-year NBA veteran and former Celtic, has committed to Boston College. Baker, a senior at Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, Conn., averaged 16.5 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists this past season.
“I feel that Boston College is the best place for me to grow as a player and student,” said Baker when reached at school Tuesday. “Coach [Jim] Christian and [assistant] coach [Scott] Spinelli told me the things that they were going to do for me to turn me into the best player that I can be, and that’s what I need, a supportive system.
“It means a lot. They believe in me and see the potential I have. They want me to succeed.”
Baker wasn’t a highly recruited prospect, but a growth spurt from 6 feet 2 inches to 6-8 in a year and a half made him a versatile forward with guard-like skills.
Despite not having any offers until late into his senior year, Baker remained optimistic, leaning on the experience of his father.
Vin Baker Sr. attended Hartford and was the eighth overall pick in the 1993 draft by the Bucks. He was a four-time All-Star who also played for the Sonics, Knicks, Rockets, Clippers, and parts of two seasons with the Celtics.
“He knows exactly what it takes to be a pro,” said the younger Baker. “He knew what type of player I was when other coaches didn’t and he trained me as such, to be a tall big/guard, and it has elevated my game ever year.”
Baker has high expectations for himself on an Eagles team that is coming off a 9-23 season with a relatively young core — with only one senior and two graduate students on the roster.
“I want to be a leader of the team and help out in every way I can, by bringing my work ethic and passion for the game to the team,” he said.
It’s that work ethic, he believes, that got him the offer.
“My strengths are being able to dribble and score the ball from the outside at my size,” said Baker, “and my weakness is being able to guard small, quick guards at my position, which I will work on all summer and season.”