Kentucky transfer to play this year at Arizona

Brad Allis

The Arizona basketball team has received a boost from, of all places, the NCAA. Kentucky transfer Jemarl Baker has been granted an NCAA waiver and will be eligible immediately.

Baker transferred to Arizona after two injury plagued seasons at UK where he averaged just 2.3 points a game last season in 28 games. A member of the 2017 recruiting class, he sat out the 2017-18 season with a knee injury. The irony is that his eligibility will aid Arizona after they lost Brandon Williams to a knee injury. Baker is expected to fill a role similar to that of Williams as a scorer who can also play minutes backing up Nico Mannion at point guard.

The 6-4 Barker hails from the Los Angeles area and was a 4-star prospect in the 2017 class. Rated as a top-75 player he is known for his scoring ability and outside shooting. Barker also gives Arizona another taller guard.

Arizona opens the season of Friday night with an exhibition game against Chico State. 

Comments (4)
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He looked solid. And will get better. going to interesting if he ends up in the prime rotation. i would think yes.

Gary Randazzo
Gary Randazzo


Significant development for Arizona. I know Miller treats sit-out transfers as basically starters so practices can be as intense and competitive as possible. I would expect Baker to be in as good as game-ready shape as anyone on the roster.

As a player, totally legit. You could even make the case he has the most raw talent on the roster because of his mature body, shooting, and defensive skills. Personally, I see Baker as a Russell Westbrook type (UCLA) who may not have been a 5-star recruit, and may not ever start a single game in college, but will become an NBA player for a long, long time.

Potential gem for Arizona if he remains healthy.


thanks for the info. He sounds like a real get, but havent seen him play. any have eyes on thoughts?