April 29, 2014
HOUSTON - Lee Junior College guard Chuck Baker became the newest member of the University of Houston Men's Basketball program with his signing to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Kelvin Sampson announced Wednesday.
Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 185 pounds, Baker will compete as a junior with the Cougars during the 2014-15 season. He joins Howard College guard Eric Weary, Jr., and Chipola College guard Torrian Graham as spring signees for the Cougars. Yates center J.C. Washington inked during the fall signing period.
As a sophomore at Lee Junior College for head coach Roy Champagne, Baker competed in all 32 games and helped lead the Runnin' Rebels to a 20-12 record. He scored a season-high 22 points vs. Midland College in the second game of the season and dished out a season-high five assists against San Jacinto College in late February.
Baker, who is a native of Queens, N.Y., connected on 47.4 percent of his shots from the field and enjoyed nine games with 10+ points.
"Chuck is a tough, hard-nosed point guard who is fearless. We want to be able to extend pressure with our defense and we want to play pace on offense. He will be really good in both areas," said Sampson, who joined Houston earlier this month. "It's hard to win at a high level if you don't have a point guard that can make shots, and Chuck can do that. In looking all the intangibles I want at that position, he has a check in all the boxes."
Baker, whose given name is Cavon, signed with Florida Atlantic and competed in 18 games as a freshman during the 2012-13 season. Following that season, he transferred to Lee Junior College.
Before entering the collegiate ranks, Baker spent one season at New Hope Academy in Maryland. There, he helped lead the team to a 30-4 record and was recognized as the Most Valuable Player of the Hoop Group End of Summer Classic.
Baker averaged 18 points per game during his high school career at Thomas Edison High to lead the Queens Division of the Public Schools Athletic League.
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